My sister and I both have completely opposite tastes in everything, most notably television and films. We were hanging out and compromised between X-files and some reality show(s.) To be honest I don’t know the name of them and I’m happy to be able to say that. I never understood the obsession with celebratory figures. The only time I’m interested in someone that is considered a celebrity is not because of the way they look or act, but what they accomplish. As many of you know I’m a huge fan of the composer Bear McCreary. In certain circles he’s considered a celebrity. However, I don’t care if he’s married or not or what he just ate for dinner. It’s creepy the headlines I see on magazines when I’m at the checkout line. It’s almost like they’re provoking or subliminally telling us to stalk or stalking is okay.
What I think of reality TV (you don’t have to agree)
Dangerous Territory: Reality
That word is pretty powerful reality. We trust the FCC and such to ensure that the quality and content provided by TV is truthful and accurate. We should never rely on other loose organizations with ulterior motives to choose this for us. I feel this is a huge downfall for Americans and their families. Allowing others to choose what is appropriate for you or your children to listen to or watch. We’re lazy mother F’ers. Take initiative and find the truth for yourself or what you feel is appropriate. I suppose one could argue if you want a formal societal standard of acceptable than something like the FCC makes sense. *sigh* Anyway, If you are looking for truth it is good to look at other sources and make sure they match up. There’s no incentive to see if shows like the Jersey Shore or whatever they’re called is real …because it is real. If it’s not real or people that might accept it might not be entirely truthful will be wiling to ignore it and pretend it is real.
It’s A Prepared Reality
Although what is reality is a question that has endless answers reality TV has one: prepared. Everything from the way they talk down to the transitional cues used to the outcome. I guess the proper term is staged? I’ve never met or talked to anyone that participated in any of these shows so I don’t know how “aware” they are( I know there is plenty of waivers that must be signed and stuff,) but I do know the show(s ) are edited and crafted in such a fashion that we are forced to watch it the way they want us to watch it.
People Are Bored With Their Lives
I’ll be honest ,I’m never bored. I always am doing something or have something to do. I never have to find a way to kill time. I wish sometimes I had more of it. However, I feel that people that tend to be interested or follow “reality” TV is because they’re either bored with their daily lives or they find that their lives and those around them are uninteresting. Or…maybe it’s their hobby to follow other people that are considered celebrities. Still- I stand by what I say.
Falsehood Of Connection
A lot of people live for fame or fortune. The majority of people never ever come close to these two objectives. Through reality shows one is able to live that life through another person. It’s a personalized experience…like…you’re “in” on something that is much larger than you or anyone around you. Very deceiving.
It’s impact on our actions
I’m not too interested to read studies if they exist on people’s behavior and their correlation to reality TV, but I’m sure that people think what they see is “real” is what we should mimic and act like. I think we tend to forget how influential the human being is.
This is obviously a condensed version of these particular topics and there are many more to be explored. For the purposes of this blog I made them concise and short and quite frankly I’m tired as hell. I have to catch the train soon to go to my class.