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What are shows like "So, You Think You can dance?" an example of?

Asked by flo (7518 points ) September 26th, 2010

If I give any detail it might end up being a leading Q. Whatever you think about it, is what I am looking for.

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Jude's avatar

Brain rotting shows

lucillelucillelucille's avatar

Goofy people who are not very watchable.

flo's avatar

I wish I had added this: ”...after the goofy(auditions) part is over, i.e, after the top 20? or so.” Very important part of my Q.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

How you separate people who complain about “big words” like “myriad” and “archaic”, and people who use words like “myriad” and “archaic”.

chyna's avatar

Lunacy.

marinelife's avatar

Talent Shows.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@marinelife Not “talent” shows?

muppetish's avatar

So You Think You Dance is technically classified as a Reality Show, specifically a competition program. I think Talent Show fits the bill.

Outside of the blasé “reality competition” aspect of the show (judges, trying to get votes, catering to a specific demographic, etc.) I have enjoyed watching So You Think You Can Dance. In general, I’m not the biggest fan of these types of programs… but I do enjoy this one. The choreography can be hit or miss, but they have had very talented performers on the show before and Cat Deeley is foxy.

cockswain's avatar

A version of sports.

Mista_Reflexivity's avatar

“Talent” Show… whatever that means.

diavolobella's avatar

Talent competition

Gamrz360's avatar

A show were people actually think they can dance but the have to prove them selves on national TV and embarass themselves in front of America….. if you ask me thats the perfect show.

jeffgoldblumsprivatefacilities's avatar

BS that shouldn’t be on TV. Ugh.

ragingloli's avatar

Things I do not watch.

rebbel's avatar

A vehicle for C- to Z-celebs to try to get their careers on track again, to no avail usually.
Not worth my time.

MissAnthrope's avatar

Current pop culture, mass media making loads of money off of the most stupid stuff.

As a side note, does anyone else find it the height of hilarity that Bristol Palin is considered a ‘star’ and will be on this season? No, I have never watched this show and I have no interest, but I heard that and died laughing. Makes me think they’re running out of celebrities willing to participate..

chyna's avatar

@MissAnthrope Yes, that was my first thought too, Bristol Palin a “star”? Apparently they are using the word very loosely.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@MissAnthrope I’d consider her more a star than Tom DeLay and all the other politicians who’ve been on there to get their limelight fix.

BarnacleBill's avatar

15 minutes of fame

Kardamom's avatar

Entertainment/Competition

ragingloli's avatar

Also, the biggest problem is, that even if you happen to “win”, you have only about a year of public fame and success, then people do not give a damn about you anymore. You are a manufactured one-hit-wonder and people lose interest in you, especially when the next product comes along. And people know this, and they flock to this farce anyway.
For participating alone, they deserve the public embarrassment and humiliation.

Cruiser's avatar

They are an example of just how bored peoples lives have become.

funkdaddy's avatar

A lot of you seem to be confusing “So, You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars”...

The first has young, talented, and primarily unknown people dancing. It’s like American Idol for dancing but seems to really try to involve the dancing community for what it’s worth. The participants are into it, the choreography is generally good, and some of the talent is really amazing…

The second is “stars” dancing with professional dancers, mostly so you can laugh at them and notice them. I’m guessing they get paid quite a bit more than those in the first show, most are apathetic, not talented, and for some reason it seems to be a bigger hit.

flo's avatar

From sociologists’ point of view, though ..?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@flo To rephrase my original answer, a way to divide those who are well-educated and those who aren’t. Or, something with statistics, maybe? I don’t know, I tried a sociology class and the first week I spent an hour yelling at the book when it said something stupid about Romeo and Juliet. I dropped out in time for the refund :-)

flo's avatar

I hope for many more answers.

flo's avatar

@papayalily, you seem to be answering a question that goes “what is the difference between…and…..”? The Q is what these shows have in common.

flo's avatar

@papayalily let me just add, I kept thinking your first answer was a stray one. The second answer is making me think if is another flutheite with similar name that you meant to answer. I don’t know what to make of it.
By the way I can point to a ton of exchanges between people anywhere, that shows that the level of literacy means nothing. Also, just curious, would you give me the link that has as you quoted in your first answer “big words”? It has nothing to do with my question, just curious.

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@flo Well, you said you wanted it as in a socialogical format, so I was just rewording my original answer to fit your criteria. I didn’t know that you wanted things it had in common (with what??).

I think literacy does mean something. It’s not a guarantee, by any means. However, I’ve found that the people who routinely complain about “big words” (their words, not mine) aren’t exactly spending tons of time researching various philosophical views on a subject or chasing down just the right logic.

flo's avatar

__“I didn’t know that you wanted things it had in common (with what??).“__

@papayalily or should I say whoever stole the password of papayalily….whatever these other people who are not __“researching various philosophical views on a subject or chasing down just the right logic“__ is not what the question is about. It is asking 1) what __you__ think about the show and other shows with something/s in common with it. It doesn’t require researching it. It is asking your own opinion only. If you are in a classroom your teacher asking your opinion about a topic, do you say “some of my classmates don’t know how to study, how to do research…”?

MyNewtBoobs's avatar

@flo Huh? I’m soooo lost. You asked what SYTYCD was an example of, but then said you didn’t want to give any hints so as not to lead us. I didn’t know what you were going for.

What’s the researching various philisophical… and whatnot from? Did someone steal my password? All the responses on this thread with my name were written by me.

flo's avatar

@papayalily impersonator, this is a practical joke of course. your __“researching philosophical… what is that from?“__ I am quoting you (last line of your posting previous to the last one). An impersonator __would__ say ” All the responses on this thread with my name were written by me.” that is not too smart.
PAPAYALILY is a ton times smarter than these last postings indicate, if I remmeber right, from his/her other answers, and questions.
By the way, your __“I think literacy does mean something. It’s not a guarantee, by any means“_ you only said that after you were unable to convince me of the opposite, which is that literacy is everything.

holli's avatar

@funkdaddy – I agree on the talented folks and great choreography part. There is also the underlying world of glamourfication to consider. Glamour Addiction: Inside the American Ballroom Dance Industry is an interesting book that takes a closer look into what is happening specifically in the ballroom communities. A lot of it seems applicable to So You Think You Can Dance.

flo's avatar

@holli ”...an interesting book that takes a closer look into what is happening specifically in the ballroom communities. A lot of it seems applicable to So You Think You Can Dance.” What does it say? I can’t spare the time to read the book.

holli's avatar

@flo link

The intro captures the essence really well. If you are interested I highly suggest reading just the intro.

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