I had the good fortunate of catching the first
The Simple Life
on Fox tonight.
My curiosity about the show focuses on the issue of cynicism and ignorance and I really wonder which of the two parties is framed as the more “ignorant” or “cynical.” The obvious, or intended, option is that Paris and Nicole are born into the privilege of skeptical assurance based on a life of certainty and self-awareness. But it can be easily argued that the family on the farm (whose names I cannot identify right now) were also born into a kind of cynical self-righteousness that’s every bit as silly and dark as that of their guests.
Ignorance knows no class boundaries, but in the end, of course, I wonder if I’m the dupe. The funniest line in the show was when Paris thought that Wal-Mart maybe sold “walls.”