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Economic (science) fiction on TV COMMENT 01/24/2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010


Economic (science) fiction on TV


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01/24/2010

How TV works is an interesting economics question. Many shows are “free” to their audiences, and yet the TV networks make money because of advertising. Of course, the ads will have “reach” power only if the programming catches a large-enough audience. One especially successful show is Pinoy Big Brother (PBB), which is said to be a “reality” show because the “stars” in it play themselves and not fictional characters.

Still, it seems that a fictional kind of self-indulgence infuses PBB. Its housemates apparently have to do some cooking and cleaning to earn their keep, but that seems to be it for the observance of the dismal no-free-lunch law of economics. The show otherwise generously serves up the neuroses of the Pinoy post-generation X. Recently, a besotted young female obsessed about her date with a male celebrity, of course at the prodding of Big Brother, who godlike grants or withholds wishes..... MORE


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