Japanese Game Shows
Why is it that every Japanese game show makes The Price is Right look like a geriatric rectal exam? Out of shape Americans guessing product prices. If that isn't a metaphor for where our culture is I don't know what is. "Feed me and let me buy stuff," is our national motto apparently.
The metaphor for Japanese culture? "Make stuff big and hurt me with it." Yeah, that's it, that's what we like. Hit me baby, one more time. If baseball is good than a giant baseball is better. If running is good then running on a treadmill going ludicrous speed is better. If winning prizes is good then getting hurt and winning... apparently nothing... is best of all.
Why is America losing our standing in the international community? Because our game shows demonstrate that we can't take a punch. Go ahead and try to tell me that Barker's Beauties could take on the goons from MXC. Yeah, go ahead and try.