This is my Watercooler Wednesday post. Give yourself a few minutes and check out the other posts linked on Randy’s site – great stuff!
Okay Americans – I DARE YOU to watch this, look me in the face and tell me that the entire American electoral process has not jumped the shark. I’m sorry but this is ridiculous.
The term jumping the shark alludes to a specific scene in a 1977 episode of the TV series Happy Days when the popular character Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli literally jumps over a shark while water skiing. The scene was so preposterous that many believed it to be an ill-conceived attempt at reviving the declining ratings of the flagging show. The phrase has become a colloquialism used by U.S. TV critics and fans to denote the point at which the characters or plot of a TV series veer into a ridiculous, out-of-the-ordinary storyline. Such a show is typically deemed to have passed its peak. Once a show has “jumped the shark” fans sense a noticeable decline in quality or feel the show has undergone too many changes to retain its original appeal.