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How odd is it that, when something extraordinary happens in the US, all Americans can do is talk about what movie the event was most like? Folks were so prone to describing September 11th in cinematic terms that the The Onion even parodied the trend. Now, today, I see talk show where audience members get into a heated discussion over whether this horrific hit-and-run accident were more like I Know What You Did Last Summer or Misery. Is this a result of the line between reality and fiction being constantly blurred by reality tv and Blair Witch-style mockumentaries? Or have we, as a nation, simply lost the ability to describe things verbally, and must therefore resort to someone else's visuals?

Soon all actual events will disclaim "This is a work of reality. Any similarity to fictional persons or events is entirely coincidental."

Posted on March 08, 2002 to