We can tolerate Reality TV online. We can even suffer through TMZ TV, although we find it rather opportunistic. But when we heard about Online Nation that will premiere on The CW, we really started to wonder why anyone who has access to the Internet would want to see YouTube on the boob tube? There are plenty of opportunities to get your fifteen minutes of fame online, so why would we want to do the same in the real world?
We suspect that this is a chance for Network television to get in on the popularity of such sites that appeal especially to younger people who are the big spenders. In other words, another feeble attempt at making folks look merely foolish in the search for the big bucks. We do, however, applaud the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for awarding a special Emmy to Current TV and its partners Al Gore and Joel Hyatt for recognizing that there is more to the Internet than the exploits of Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan.
Almost a cross between Facebook and YouTube, College Addiction features videos, images, flash animations and in some instances R-rated material. There are about 200 games on the site such as Magic Academy, Happy Pill, and Mind Me Bloody Beer. Established about 3 weeks ago, the website is already gaining a decent following. High School and upper grades are also encouraged to sign up at no charge and upload videos to be voted on by peers.
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