Amy and I were chatting last night about the recent “Is AI too mean?” controversy. The judges have broadened their critisicm beyond vocals, and are japing at anything and everything that isn’t status quo. But it doesn’t start and stop with the judges. The producers are purposely showcasing some of the strangest people. In that way, it’s kind of like a teen movie where the popular kids parade the outcasts on stage at the prom, and everyone throws garbage at them. Only in this version, instead of a recently enlightened hero coming to their rescue, and redeeming himself for his previous social crimes, the cast-offs are brought on the morning “news” shows, thus perpetuating their exposure and subsequent public ridicule. Unfortunately these kids are not William Hung. I don’t think that lightening can strike twice.
Yes, I feel hypocritical. Straight out of the gate, I was laughing right along with the rest of the western world. But somehow, it’s just not funny anymore. It’s sad. Now, I just stare blankly in disbelief that these people could be that maladjusted. And we can’t seem to get enough of it.
AI is like a car accident. You just can’t help but rubber neck to get a glimpse of the madness. Surely there is something better I could be doing with my time.