We are alien visitors to earth. We’ve come in peace to observe how the inhabitants of this planet interact.
We’ve discovered that the most important facet of your collective lives does not involve self-governance, but a phenomenon known as ballroom dancing.
The attention of your people is now focused a television show called Dancing with the Stars. On this show, people with nominal notoriety in your culture dress up, spin around on stage and throw their arms out in dramatic fashion to the wild applause of viewers.
While viewers of this television show appear to derive satisfaction from seeing the gyrations of the contestants, they are most stimulated by the act of commenting on the relative merits of each contestant’s performance.
In fact, we have observed that the more disagreement that exists over the judging of the performances, the more stimulating the experience appears to be for viewers.
This particular phenomenon appears to be most pointed with regard to young women contestant who, despite inferior dancing skills, appears to be a favorite of home viewers. Her appeal is believed to be linked to the fact that her mother is a prominent political figure.
The young woman’s success on the show has generated great controversy, which, again, appears to a far greater source of stimulation for viewers that the dancing itself.
Humans now appear to have divided themselves into rancorous opposing camps – those who support the young woman for reasons unrelated to her dancing skills, and those who believe her continued success on the show is violative of cherished societal precepts.
We find this situation to be rather hard to comprehend. We will continue to observe and endeavor to understand it.