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How To Heal Our Divided Nation: Talent Competition Shows

Jack Tomas

Jack Tomas

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Today is the mid-term elections in The United States and the stakes could not be higher. My polling place was packed this morning. Whichever side of the political divide you fall on, voting today is a must. So, do that. In my 41 years on this Earth I have never seen our nation more divided. Both sides hate each other and are not talking. I get it and am guilty of it too. But what can bring us together? What can reunite the nation and heal the wounds of the last few years? Talent competition shows.

Now, hear me out. In the era of the 24 hour news cycle and constant barrage of angry ALL CAPS tweets and Facebook posts, most of us feel exhausted. I wake up every day and check Twitter and think, “What fresh hell is happening today?” I have family and friends who don’t speak to me any more over politics. It’s a scary time and I feel like all of us need to disconnect every once and a while and have a respite from the horrors of this world. That’s where talent shows come in. Look, it’s what we cover here at Talent Recap but it goes beyond that. What’s great about these talent competition shows is that you can put on The Voice or America’s Got Talent and distract yourself for a while. The shows are overwhelmingly positive in their tone. Even Simon Cowell is a kinder, gentler version of himself. Donald Trump or Obama got you down? Put on AGT and watch Vicki Barbolak be hilarious or Darci Lynne sing a song with a puppet. You’ll feel better. If we won’t decompress, we’ll all have a heart attack as a nation.

It’s one of the reasons that there is also so much political violence. People get wound up and spend all their time thinking about all this crazy crap, of course they are going to go on a shooting spree. We all need an outlet, a pressure release valve, or we are going to explode. I have friends that cry every day out of rage. There is a way to channel that energy into making the world a better place. That’s what we all should do. Then, after we’ve fought the good fight, let’s all go home and see what Blake and Adam are up to. Let’s see what crazy antics Katy Perry will do on American Idol. Also we can all come together, Liberal and Conservative, to root for our favorite acts. Unifying, see? People will argue whether Kennedy Holmes or Sarah Grace will win The Voice instead of calling each other Fascists or Communists on Twitter. Talent competition shows will not change the nation’s direction or policy. But it can help us all calm the F down for a couple of hours.


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