Democracy Gone Awry

In a desperate effort to get with the times, the Miss America Pageant announced it will incorporate Survivor-type elements into this year's show. Contestants who don't make the finals will get to vote on who should wear the crown. Is this any way to run a pageant? As viewers of the summer's reality shows can attest, the democratic process hardly means the best man, or beauty queen, comes out on top. In fact, it's usually just the opposite:

WEAKEST LINK Who says? To cut down on competition, contestants more often kick off the strongest link--like George Wendt


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