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Tuesday, Jun 7, 2005, 6:45 pm

Brain candy

By Jessica Clark
Well, slap my ass and call me a bad feminist, but I really kind of like this new UPN show, "A Bad Girl's Guide."

I know, I know--it's got all the crappy grrl power trappings that we're supposed to all be immune to at this point, and yes, it seems like a lower-rent version of "Sex and the City," so 2 seasons ago...but it's actually taking funny jabs at the advertising industry. And it's got blatant pot-smoking and edgy STD jokes on in prime time. And Jenny McCarthy has honed obnoxious to a fine point that's just plain cheerful to watch.

Yeah, the characters are shallow and conventionally attractive, and the innuendos are juvenile. So sue me--I can't spend every waking moment thinking about global warming or the Iraq quagmire. If you can't either, check it out.

Jessica Clark is a writer, editor and researcher, with more than 15 years of experience spanning commercial, educational, independent and public media production. Currently she is the Research Director for American University’s Center for Social Media. She also writes a monthly column for PBS’ MediaShift on new directions in public media. She is the author, with Tracy Van Slyke, of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (2010, New Press).

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