"Emmys played out like a bland sitcom."
Starr found the whole performance art just "OK." But he was moved byBilly Crystal's eulogy for Robin Williams. Here you can read Starr's description.
The problem, though, might not be the tone, condent or pacing of last night's Emmy Awards telecast. What may be happening is something bigger: In our Life as Experience culture, created by the Internet, what's important is that we enjoyed watching "Breaking Bad." And that was that.
What is irrelevant is that some set of whoevers evalute that series and then announce they are going to give it award. We don't care much. And by time they do we have moved through many other experiences.
Of course, the careers of the winners such Julianna Margulies might bet a boost from an award. But that won't save any series if there are fewer and fewer people watching, that is experiencing, each episode.
Awards may have to be phased out. Those which come with money, as with the Nobel Prize, have real value. The rest might eventually cause us all to simply shrug our shoulders and yawn.