I wonder if there's any movie that exposes the essentially loathsome character of the democratic process as well as Our Brand Is Crisis
, which details the efforts of notorious asshole James Carville's consultancy group to elect Gonzalo Sánchez de Lozada president of Bolivia. This is the apotheosis of politics-as-theater; any higher value or sense of purpose in the process has been completely evacuated, leaving behind only the ugly science of puppetmastery.
After a few episodes, Morgan "Supersize Me" Spurlock's reality show 30 Days
starts to have a similarly disheartening effect. Here the focus is not on the manipulator of the masses but on the masses themselves; Spurlock finds the most closed-minded, uncritical individuals he can possibly find and puts them in a new social context for thirty days, thereby challenging their preconceptions about the world for what is apparently the very first time in their entire lives. It's not a bad show—quite the opposite, it's often quite engaging, particularly in the four episodes that aren't explicitly about biogtry—it's just hard to understand how basic human empathy and/or common sense can be in such disastrously short supply.