EUROVISION….A few years ago I was in Europe and decided to channel surf in my hotel room. I ended up watching something called the Eurovision song contest: each country enters a song, and a jury of some kind votes for the winner.

So this is the latest in European television, I thought. How dismal.

Kieran Healy wises me up. Far from being a recent chapter in the fall of Western civilization, Eurovision has been going on for a long, long time indeed. Today Kieran provides us with the whole story.

UPDATE: I am disturbed to find out that Eurovision was born on October 19th, my birthday. In fact, it is exactly three years older than I am.

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