Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Reality TV

Thought it was time to rant about something that doesn't mean squat, but it kind of shows where we are headed: Reality TV

There is absolutely nothing real with Reality TV with maybe the exception of "The Donald's" and Martha's versions since there's a job at the end of the TV Hell. Survivor is scripted as well as Big Brother and the rest of the ilk. I guess what disturbs me about these shows is that in order to get ahead, you pretty well have to stab someone else in the back.

What a sad note to see that you have to step all over someone else to move up. True, that mirrors real life, but I don't really want to be entertained by it. Are we so desperate to have a better self-image that we want to watch someone else get shafted and say "HA HA!! Glad that wasn't me! I'd never do that!!"

Truth is that if most of us got stuck in some of the same situations that are depicted in these shows, we probably wouldn't fair much better. In fact, in most cases, if you were dropped in the middle of a jungle with nothing but a few items, you would be so much fertilizer in a matter of days. That is, unless you had taken a survivor course somewhere in your life, then you might last a couple of weeks...

But that's entertainment for you. Titillate or show how stupid someone else is, and TV has the majority of people watching their shows. How sad that we, as one of the greatest civilizations in history, are regressing to the moronic roots that we supposedly have overcome.

A great line from a movie that I've forgotten the title of sums it up nicely: "You can take the girl out of the trailer-park, but you can't take the trailer-park out of the girl." I'll leave it to you, the reader, to figure out the analogies.

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