oil opera

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oil opera (plural oil operas)

  1. (rare, television) An amoral drama focussing on corporate and domestic struggles, the lead character being a businessman (or businesswoman) fixated on pursuing a resource by any means necessary.
    Hypernym: soap opera
    • 1992, Michael Parenti, “Affluent Class and Corporate Brass”, in Make-Believe Media, St. Martin’s Press, Inc., →ISBN, page 100:
      The oil operas pretty much do away with questions of social conscience. There are no moral values as such, only instrumental values which either work or don't work in advancing one to still greater heights of wealth and corporate power.