The reality shows of pain

“Infotainment” is an English neologism that has institutionalized the sensationalization of drama along with invasive and disrespectful journalism, leading to a decline in the quality of information content. It’s the reality of pain, torment transformed into entertainment stories for an audience always attracted to sensational news, other people’s tragedies, and, I emphasize, the tragedies of others. The influential French philosopher Bourdieu once remarked that “Blood, sex, melodrama, and crime have always been big sellers.”

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