06/14/2005: Landmark dates in Pop Cultural History.....
Today is the 29th anniversary of the premiere of The Gong Show, which proved definitively that there was no depth that the average American wouldn't stoop to in order to be on television.
And realize this, if it weren't for Chuck Barris having gotten the inspiration to create and produce The Gong Show, we would probably not have to endure the unending stream of "reality TV" shows that glut the airwaves like cars on an Atlanta freeway during rush hour.
So the topic for today's essay contest: "Chuck Barris: unappreciated genius, or perpetrator of crimes against humanity?" Deadline tomorrow at 5PM. Good luck!
Len on 06.14.05 @ 08:12 AM CST