By Margaret Lyons
Updated June 10, 2009 at 11:05 PM EDT

The Real World: Cancun debuts at the end of this month, with drinking, crying, screaming, and tepid bisexuality. Sure, you can see that at, oh, any bar on a Saturday night, but you can also see it on MTV. But I guess I’m not the only one who’s getting too old for tired of these party-only seasons, because up next, MTV will be taking its eight strangers to Washington, D.C. Jeeze louise, even reality television has Obama fever.

Yes, the 23rd* season of the show will be filmed in our nation’s capital, and MTV is claiming it will depict a “different lifestyle.” Hmm. I say “hmm” to you, MTV, because despite all that tepid bisexuality I’ve witnessed on your network, I’m really not sure you can have it both ways. Can you go from a season whose entire function is as a spring break product placement (check out the Cancun teaser below) to one even vaguely about politics? I’m getting youth culture whiplash here, MTV.

I know even the most shallow and predictable Real World cast members contain multitudes, and boozing and voting are hardly mutually exclusive (surely I’m not the only person to participate in a debate-geared drinking game). But can The Real World change its stripes…again? It already transitioned from its 1990s crunchiness into its current, less earnest format. Do viewers even want it to go back?

What do you think, PopWatchers? Will The Real World: Washington, DC look like all the other recent seasons, or might there be actual politics in play?

*OMG I am so old