Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Why I don't like reality shows.

We all know the formula. Throw a group of ethnically diverse people together to do complete some unusual task and set them loose. Open up a video confessional where individuals admit that deep down they loathe each other and think they stand above all the rest. Dabble in a bit of editing to add tense music and to make everything bad seem even worse. What do you get? A primetime powerhouse. What else do you get? the most vile piece of rubbish ever to hit the screen.

You get a show that celebrates hate, that encourages overreacting, and that entices the audience to throw their dinnerware at their television sets. You get people who make downright fools of themselves on national television. Secretly, they know it will pay off when they get their huge check/attractive mate/desirable job. Secretly, we desire to add insult to injury by not only letting them be as obscene as possible for our benefit, but also giving them nothing in return except a kick in the butt.

I personally don't find any joy in this. Perhaps I'm too sympathetic; I get irritated at all the contestants for being so insolent. I get irritated at the commercials for prolonging the inevitable. I get irritated at the jerk who chose this channel in the first place, because somehow I can't take my eyes away.

I guess that's why I hate reality TV shows the most: no matter how much you try, you can't stop watching until you've seen that the most ludicrously awful person gets what's coming to them.

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  1. I absolutely and completely agree!
    The worst are the shows that don't even have a hint of a plot line going. Fake celebrity shows is what I am talking about.

  2. I loathe reality tv for a lot of the same reasons you do. I don't understand why so many people enjoy them, in particular anything MTV or VH1 put out. I guess props to the production companies for putting out content that people like. It's too bad people don't have an interest in anything more, uh, interesting.

  3. Agreed, and yet there is something compelling about seeing just how bad it can be. I try to avoid watching it (which is easy without live tv at Uni) but there's those times when I'll catch a bit of it somewhere. Does make you feel a bit better about yourself too, guiltily.

  4. Thankfully for us in the UK, Big Brother (the worst show of all) has finally been recognised and ostracised by society, such that it's now in its final series, and it's officially a minority audience programme. I'll be very glad to see it dead.

    However, I confess to enjoying Britain's Got Talent, because it actually celebrates real talent, as well as letting you lol at the rubbish people :")