TV talent shows
The talent show derives its sense of fairness by appropriating the apparatus of democracy. We vote for our favourite singer (or at least the one with the most sympathetic cancer-related anecdote) and they are duly elevated to the plutocratic realm of celebrity, however transitory their tenure.
Oooh - it's like Susan Boyle all over again. Judges on 'La France A Un Incroyable Talent' (we're going out on a limb here
Missing gong-gathering wonder-warbler Adele while she takes a break from the limelight? Don't worry, folks! There's a Chinese
LIVE, LIVE, LIVE! The BBC love a bit of LIVE don't they? They spend so much money sending people out to report LIVE for no reason whatsoever because they just can't get enough of it.