Chicago Sun-Times: Pop culture expert interviewed about TV shows that reflect the economic downturn

Release Date: November 5, 2010

An article in the Chicago Sun Times about the new television programs that have emerged during the economic downturn – "16 and Pregnant," "Downsized," "Fairy Jobmother" and "Design on a Dime" – quotes Elayne Rapping, professor emeritus of American studies, who said, "TV producers are more in tune now that people are in bad shape. I don't think it's changed the TV landscape forever, nor has it changed it completely. There will still be an awful lot of shows with incredibly, obscenely ostentatious lifestyles."

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