Anyone who knows me will tell you that I know a lot about the entertainment industry especially with regards to movies and television. That’s why a lot of people are shocked when I tell them I don’t understand people’s fascination with reality television. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying it shouldn’t be on I’m just saying that reality TV is just playing to the lowest common denominator. It’s fast food for the mind, sure, it’s entertainment it requires no thinking whatsoever.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by reality TV’s sudden popularity over the last decade because it started at a time after school test scores started to drop steadily. Perhaps with the rise of the Internet and instant answers to everything available via Google people have forgotten how to think. After all most people believe that the events that take place on these shows are random events of interest in lives but what they don’t know is a team of writers actually script of approximately 90% of what is aired.
One example of this is the show Gene Simmons Family Jewels. The show which was dipping in the ratings got an immediate boost when Shannon Tweed and Gene Simmons started having relationship problems which resulted in a proposal and wedding. The thing is people forget that Shannon was a professional actress and able to make the couples scenes seem more realistic.
I’m starting to think that in 20 years we will have an amazing amount of technology but lower classes will be enslaved unable to do anything beyond just exist because they are unable to afford a quality education. Reality television is just something that gives them a false hope that ridiculously impossible situations could happen to them thus rescuing them from their miserable lives. They will live out their almost meaningless existence in compliance with this system that is making them virtual slaves by denying them a quality education never rising up against the system because what reality TV is really teaching them is they’re just unlucky. Afterall this loser changed his life on reality TV but you’ve never done the same.
I’d love to see a follow-up show of a good portion of these “Reality Show Winners” because I have a hunch within a few years after they are off the show there life pretty much went back to the way it was before our became worse as a result of the 15 minutes of fame.
Maybe I’m wrong and I sure hope I am. Next time a reality television show comes on just to take a fresh look at it and see if you don’t even slightly see what I’m talking about going on. If you do, then maybe it’s time to change the channel or better yet pick up a book.