humiliation

Our society loves to see people fail for entertainment

The ancient Romans were entertained by watching gladiators fight and die in the Coliseum.

This may sound somewhat appalling to modern day Americans, but really we are not so different from this ancient culture.

Nowadays, people take enjoyment from watching others humiliate themselves.

Instead of gladiators, we have Rebecca Black and Charlie Sheen.

We like watching people make fools out of themselves, and we hope they fail for our enjoyment.

Making fun of people has become a staple of our society, without regard to their well-being.