ABC Closes The Door On Miss America

Written by Vance Cureton

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Network television today is reality show mad. Actresses willingly appear onrepparttar repugnant "Fear Factor" to perform repugnant feats. Would Miss American do that!

Probably not.

Reality television is full of racy reparte between nubile singles. The focus ofrepparttar 110063 shows are frequently about what couple will pair off. Certainly not on camera. -- But that is about as far from Miss America as you can get.

The emphasis in reality television is for spontaneity. Even if some events are staged,repparttar 110064 contestants reactions to them are not. People cry. People fight. People plot against one another. People reveal their innermost emotions. In comparison,repparttar 110065 Miss America beauty "contest" seems from another century.

And speaking of Vanessa Williams. Her "artful" photographs did not prevent her from becoming a successful recording artist. But her reputation remained tarnished for years. Unlike Vanessa, scandal has actually helped reality star Paris Hilton of internet sex-tape fame. { was that whole deal a publicity stunt? } Paris and her equally bubble-brained co-star, Nichole Richie, giverepparttar 110066 viewer everything thatrepparttar 110067 haughty Miss America pageant cannot.

That is, strikingly beautiful young babes just being themselves, and not afraid to be seen as less than perfect { or anywhere near... } in front ofrepparttar 110068 entire nation. Racy photographs and sex tapes onrepparttar 110069 internet are just part ofrepparttar 110070 new landscape. Such intimacies inrepparttar 110071 public domain might discourage certain potential viewers from tuning in. But they won't stoprepparttar 110072 show, so to speak. This is a wholesale change in culture. Just as slap-stick comedy passed into television history with Lucille Ball. Quaint beauty pageants just don't connect withrepparttar 110073 modern audience, as they once did.

Does anybody care any more about elegant, well-spoken young women in bathing suits? Have we lost regard for their commendable aspirations to becomerepparttar 110074 next generation of doctors, lawyers, school teachers, industrialists, and other contributing members of society?

The rating numbers do not lie.

Miss America may not be dead. But she's certainly on life support.

Vance Cureton is the Managing Editor of ReadingPost.Com. A topical website featuring politics, news, and social commentary from a liberal point-of-view.

Christmas Party Ideas

Written by Mrs. Party... Gail Leino

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Party music, prizes, and party favorsare great party ideas to make a finishing touch to ensure an awesome time by all.  Set uprepparttar party music to your party theme a few days beforerepparttar 110062 event. Testrepparttar 110063 music player. Don't wait tillrepparttar 110064 day before!  Party centerpieces can be doubled as party prizes.  Everyone loves to win a prize.  For events that have assigned seating, a picture frame can be used as place-card holders which can be also used as party favors.  Gift baskets or flowers make lovely centerpieces and can also be used for party prizes. Engraved gifts make lovely lasting Christmas gifts.

Have fun at your party and so willrepparttar 110065 guests!

Mrs. Party... Gail Leino is the internet's leading authority on giving the best possible party, using proper etiquette and manners while also teaching organizational skills and fun facts.

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