Tuesday, June 1, 2010

dating in a fishbowl

By now everyone and their grandmother has heard of "The Bachelorette" (ABC), Ali Fedotowsky.
Well, not really, but kind of. We live in a strange, strange world, when the once so private act of finding one´s love has turned into a full-on media spectacle, processed and cleaned for our voyeuristic pleasures. The competing bachelors are pre-selected, probably with an eye for visual candy and cleaver sound bites. This is what the TV needs (and our short-spanned attention). But is that the kind of man Ali needs?

Little birdie told me, that Ali´s boss at Facebook had to sign all kinds of confidentiality agreements regarding the show a long time ago. As in before she was in Bachelor, competing for the heart of Jake Pavelka. Maybe she did not leave the Bachelor because she _had_ to return to work, but because she knew greener pastures are awaiting. Remembering Pavelka, that is not a surprise. That permagrin is still haunting me in sleep.

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