American Idol = Gladiators and Coliseum

I have never watched American Idol for no other reason than that I figure if I’m going to waste my time watching TV, the people on it should at least have a modicum of proven talent which they are using in some coherent fashion to amuse me.  But as I read more and more about it, I find myself wondering if this is not just our refined version of the Roman coliseum with the blood thirsty crowd screaming for death to the loser.  Humanity really hasn’t come all that far, has it? The only real difference is that we sit isolated in our homes instead of roaring with the mob.  Oh yeah, and the losers die a million deaths without ever really dying. We learned to make it even more sadistic than the Romans did.