“The products of the culture industry are such that they can be alertly consumed even in a state of distraction.”
– Horkheimer and Adorno, Dialectic of Enlightenment
I see this at work in “The Bachelor,” where each ‘high point’ of an episode is given in the preview of the episode, in the previews before commercial breaks within the episode, and then recounted by numerous contestants in the one-on-one confessionals after they occur.
This show, and so many other reality TV shows like it, are designed to be consumed in a state of distraction. While browsing Facebook, shopping online, texting.