An Exercise in Cognitive DissonancePosted: April 29, 2009
If you want to see some great television, granted not of the ilk of The Wire, but that of just raw run of the mill entertainment, then by all means watch Susan Boyle on Britain’s cross between *Star Search* and *American Idol* called [Britain’s Got Talent](http://talent.itv.com/). What makes this “great television” is that the producers could easily have staged Susan’s performance differently, but in stead they chose to exploit the [cognitive dissonance](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cognitive_dissonance) between what you *see* and what you *hear*. The result I think is an immensely powerful, albeit somewhat cheesy (given that it is Broadway), performance.
[Watch it](http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY) on YouTube.
Via Slate’s [Cultural Gabfest](http://www.slate.com/id/2215473/).