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You Know You Love Me, xoxo Machiavelli

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Royalty is no longer a characteristic that belongs only to a monarch. In The Prince, Machiavelli targets the prince and all other royalty, but today his work may be used as a social critique of upper class society. Thus a popular television show depicting Manhattan’s elite governed by social media blasts, is no coincidence. It is evident that the creators of the popular television show Gossip Girl had Machiavelli in mind. Machiavelli and Gossip Girl as a whole complement each other in their focus on man’s lack of morals, and their ability to create paranoia as well as persuade others to follow their lead.
Human nature is greedy and self-interested. At least that is what Machiavelli might have said. The television show Gossip Girl, plays on this imperfection of man, through revealing the scandals of New York City’s royalty. “Gossip Girl here, your one and only source into the scandalous lives of Manhattan's elite” (“Pilot” 1.1). Each character is solely self-interested in their actions and the character of Gossip Girl feeds on all of their drama. The characters rarely worry about whom they must manipulate in order to get their way, which ultimately shows an overwhelming amount of immoral behavior. Making others see the flaws of Manhattan’s elite through this immoral behavior evokes feelings of vanity. This raises up commoners by making them feel that they have a higher level of integrity than this group of elite. There is always scandal that the elite partake in that would never even apply to the commoners, making the elite’s downfall even heavier: “One thing about being on the top of the world, it gives you a long, long way to fall” (“In The Realm of the Basses” 2.14). On the other hand, competition is created in the elite world,...

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At the conclusion of The Prince, Machiavelli might as well have signed off, you know you love me xoxo Machiavelli. Machiavelli and Gossip Girl as a whole complement each other in their focus on man’s lack of morals, and their ability to create paranoia as well as persuade others to follow their lead.
Thinking of Machiavelli in a modern day setting gave me a better understanding of his relevance today. I definitely had a hard time piecing the assignment together, however, and it was not only until the completion of my paper that I understood Machiavelli in a new light. Defending my thesis made me draw new ties between Gossip Girl and The Prince. Now when I watch one of my favorite television shows I see Machiavelli throughout every episode, whether in the prince-like characters such as Blair or seeing Machiavelli as Gossip
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