Extreme Home Makeover: Iraq Edition

ThinkProgress comments on a New York Times article from Sunday which documents the trend of a new American export to the Iraqi people: reality TV shows. "It turns out that while constitutional democracy is proving somewhat difficult to export, this signature facet of American Culture is thriving. The Times piece focuses on a show called 'Materials and Labor,' a home repair program run by the publisher of the respectable Azzaman newspaper, and inspired by the likes of 'This Old House' and 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.' In other words, it's just like reality television in America! Well, except for that small Iraqi twist: 'Since its start, the show has financed the repair of six homes. Two of those were destroyed by car bombs, two during the detonation of munitions by American soldiers, one by American armor and the sixth by an American airstrike.'" (ThinkProgress)

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