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You might consider filing this under the heading, stupid thoughts that came to me during my extended holiday break while I'm cleaning my basement. The Edge editorial staff is always on the prowl for interesting items to keep the Edge, well, edgy. This may not qualify, but you must admit it is a good faith effort.
Many of you are Washington Post readers (I'm inclined to guess why, but we'll leave that unsaid). I'm hopeful many are you are familiar with the Style Invitational which appears in the Style section of each Sunday's post. The Invitational is a weekly contest where Post readers are encouraged to submit entries based on a topic assigned by the contest czar. In a brush with fame, our very own Rebecca Feind has had one of her entries printed. A description of the Invitational that week, excerpted from the March 26, 2000 Washington Post goes as follows:
"REPORT FROM WEEK V.In the foul aftermath of "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?," we asked you to come up with the next tasteless offering we are likely to see from Fox TV.
Rebecca's submission (netted an honorable mention):
Who Wants to Marry a Philosophy Grad Student? All the contestants who were on the "Marry a Multi-Millionaire" show must come back to prove that "it's not about the money."
Kudos to Rebecca, but that was March! We are kicking off the inaugural Edge Invitational. You are asked to think up a book that you would like to see published and submit a corresponding review. Such as...
Reality Television: The Complete Desk Reference. In an work who's time is overdue the editors of this essential reference text charter the origins of "reality tv" from the folksy I Can't Believe I'm on Candid Camera and This is Your Life Whoever You Are. The editors note the advent of video camera to afford the goofball, slapstick antics of "home video" genre where well-meaning parents and pet owners would sell their children's/pets dignity for a few bucks. Experts tie the present Survivor and Temptation Island mentalities directly to the emergence of the "fringe" cable channels living-in-a-goldfish-bowl -"Road Rules" offerings. Chapters are also dedicated to the commercial profitability of these shows and their inexplicable high ratings. Bibliography and index, recommended for all media collections.
Get it? Submissions can be emailed to me. First place will take home a fabulous train whistle clock that chimes in every hour with a frightening train whistle and circles around on it's track, found in my basement over the break. Suggestions for future contests are welcomed. Good luck.
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