With the rise of "reality" TV shows like <i>Meerkat Manor</i> and the explosion of animal documentaries such as <i>Arctic Circle</i>, wildlife is finding new popularity in Hollywood -- but so is the dangerous idea that nature exists to entertain us.
In a world of Tivo and Youtube, the traditional commercial is passe. In its place we have product integration, which may feed a culture of consumption, compromise artistic freedom and erode consumer choice ... or not. You decide.
We've all seen them. Accented with bright colors and 80's studs, they boast from girl's bosoms with pride. Hip little tees with hip little logos like "Sex Kitten," "Princess," or "Ghetto Fabulous." They replace the swooshes of corporate logos with self-proclaiming slogans: "Sexy," "Hot," "Cutie Pie." They display adjectives as if they were a sandwich board of today's specials.