First, 1) read the article and 2) view the Ted Talk. (Both of these are listed on the Required Reading: Reality TV page). Next, respond to the questions. Read this short CNN blog post (https://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/05/25/how-idol-competitions-change-the-world/) View this 5-minute Ted Talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/cynthia_schneider_the_surprising_spread_of_idol_tv?language=en#t-5190). Based on the article and video, respond to the questions below: Versions of Pop Idol are all over the world. In the US, we don't talk about the "democratic" aspects of the show; we think mainly about the entertainment value and that's it. Why are these shows seen differently in non-Western countries? In what way can reality TV/ singing competitions be democratic? Can TV shows really bring elements of democracy to people? What are some of the social impacts from shows like Pop Idol around the world?