I'm not making this stuff up. Perry is.
Money is a main character in both shows. I think of myself as a financial anthropologist examining our culture by the entertainment we watch. Another cable network, Bravo, has cashed in letting us observe housewives with real and fake wealth. On other networks we gawk at, and in some cases envy, regular folks who strike it rich by acting buffoonish.
In Oscar Wilde's essay "The Decay of Lying -- An Observation," two people are talking about art. One asks: "But you don't mean to say that you seriously believe that life imitates art, that life in fact is the mirror, and art the reality?"
"Certainly I do," the other responds. "Paradox though it may seem -- and paradoxes are always dangerous things -- it is none the less true that life imitates art far more than art imitates life."
I wonder what we will learn from Perry's pair of shows. Will we hold up a mirror and see the reflection of our own financial craziness? Join me on Twitter (@SingletaryM) at #financialfoolishness. We can watch and talk about it and other shows that center on money madness.
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