Humiliation as Entertainment: Preaching and Reality TV #dmingml

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‘[t]here is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on mankind in civilised and free countries than the necessity of listening to sermons. No one but a preaching clergyman has, in these realms, the power of compelling audiences to sit silent, and be tormented.'    Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, googlebooks, 69

 'There is, perhaps, no greater hardship at present inflicted on humankind in civilised and free countries than the necessity of watching reality TV. No one but a Simon Cowell has, in these realms, the power of compelling audiences to sit, and be tormented'. Jason Clark, June 2011