“The Bachelorette” ended Monday evening in a two-hour finale with Canadian restaurant designer Jillian Harris getting engaged to Chicago computer consultant Ed Swiderski. Jillian Harris chose Ed Swiderski over California business developer Kiptyn Locke. And in a bit of a “The Bachelorette” twist, she rejected a proposal from Philadelphia real estate agent Reid Rosenthal, who was kicked off last week’s “The Bachelorette” but — ever in the search for ratings increasers — returned for the “The Bachelorette” finale as the last-minute alternate Don Juan vying for Jillian Harris’ love. And with all that going on, “The Bachelorette” won the night.
According to preliminary Neilsen ratings, Variety reported that ABC’s “The Bachelorette” won the entire two hours it was on, taking the last half hour by more than two million viewers. Defeating next place CBS’ full run of repeats should not have been that difficult, but it was. Still, “The Bachelorette” had no problem with NBC, which showed some new stuff, and Fox, also on the repeat circuit (and still did better than NBC).
“I want to be with you forever,” Ed Swiderski said on bended knee. “I want to have a family with you. I want you to give me a hard time when we’re 80 years old. Jillian, will you marry me?”
Jillian Harris answered, “Absolutely.”
So Jillian Harris became engaged to Ed Swiderski and we find that the next day, the Googleverse and the blogosphere were tied up with traffic searching for all things “The Bachelorette,” the finale, Jillian Harris, and Ed Swiderski.
Except for about halfway down the list of Google’s most searched topics, where there appeared a most appropriate term: “drivel definition.”
In the Top 25 listed items for most of the day were “Bachelorette finale,” “Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski,” “Jillian and Ed still together,” “Chris Harrison blog Bachelorette,” “After the Final Rose: Bachelorette,” and “Good Morning America Bachelorette.”
In a moment of serendipitous self-clarification, the Googleverse conspired to define “drivel” by allowing perfect examples of it to dominate the search engine’s traffic. For there is nothing on television that sinks to a lower level of “entertainment” value than reality shows that play upon the staged (and sometimes authentic, but who can really tell?) affection and exhibitionist narcissism that exists in the arena of relationship competition.
Sometimes the universe aligns itself in a manner that is truly fortuitous and beneficial. That “The Bachelorette” would hold sway over television and internet just long enough for those in the blogosphere to generate the topic “drivel definition” and be graced with such excellent examples is truly a moment to remember.
Jillian Harris, Ed Swiderski, and “The Bachelorette” should be thanked for reaffirming people’s faith in causality.
For those truly interested, the definition of drivel: “childish, silly, or meaningless talk or thinking; nonsense; twaddle.” Taken from the Random House Dictionary via Dictionary.com. For an example, see all things referencing “The Bachelorette,” Jillian Harris and Ed Swiderski.
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