Higher values, philosophy, introspection, all those things are being ridiculed. It has become cool to be ignorant. Reality tv is an example of that
I disagree strongly.
"Dog Whisperer" contains deep wisdom about dogs and their psychology, and practical information about the truth about their motivations and their
pack-oriented nature. It's an incredibly informative show, while also being entertaining. And yet it's 'reality-TV'.
"Supernanny" - same thing, except about children. Very, very informative, every wannabe-parent should watch at least 10 episodes, before even
talking about having children, and every current parent should watch it until they correct their bad habits of raising their kids wrong. Even good
parents would probably learn a lot from it.
Some japanese Idol-themed DVDs like "Alo-Hello!" can also be called 'Reality-TV', but it can also be fun, funny and interesting to watch - nothing
so low-brow as you are suggesting, but almost a cultivating experience for the viewer, especially considering that you can learn a lot of japanese
language from them, and also enjoy different cultures communicating with each other (sometimes with difficulty). They also double as travel videos,
which are always mind-expanding and cultivating to watch, because you learn about other sceneries, atmospheres, cultures and ways of life.
Same could be also said about the Michael Palin Reality-TV shows, "80 days around the world with Michael Palin" (if I remember the title correctly)
and his other travel shows. Really interesting stuff to see places most ATS-members can probably never visit. A real, cultivating and spiritually
enriching experience! (Though I could do without Palin's dried-up, forced attempts at 'humor' - just because he was one of the geniuses in a great
comedy group in the seventies, doesn't mean he can be just as delightfully funny and entertaining by himself in his older days)
Are you saying that non-reality-TV is any better? Sure, there were great TV shows, like "Yes, Minister" and "Yes, Prime Minister", but did they
really tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the government and power system/structure? Nope. They left out a lot of very
important details, and they continued spewing the misleading misinformation that most people have been duped to believe..
There's nothing wrong with the format - don't blame bad content on the format! That's like blaming the piano for a bad piano concert. The piano is
innocent, it's all up to the piano player, whether you will be in musical heaven or a torture chamber. Reality-TV can work, and can be a great and
useful tool for learning and cultivating the audience!
It's not the format's fault, if it's mis-used or even ab-used.
It's old news anyway, that BNW was more correct than 1984, but I think both have truth in them to some extent. Yeah, yeah, it's also old news that
USA fits all the criteria someone found for fascism, and all that. They are incredibly nationalistic over there. Outsider can only wonder..