Originally posted by Valhall
I have never allowed myself to watch reality TV - it hasn't been a hard thing to keep myself from either. Your post voices EXACTLY what my problem
with it is...why the hell would anybody let some one video them in their every day life? Or worse yet, when you're doing something totally
And as you allude to in your post - now it's just common place to give up your privacy, your dignity - whatever!
The first time I ever saw any reality TV was in 2003, when I came to England and my boyfriend at the time was watching Big Brother. My first
impressions was, god, what a boring, shallow, dull bunch of people. Sitting around and talking about nothing interesting in paticular. I thought, why
are we watching this crap? So I convinced him to turn the TV off and go down to the creek with me.
During my time there, his family would watch Big Brother. I decided to see what the hooplah was all about. It went from being boring to pretty damn
creepy. Like in the Big brother house, they have all these neon eyes here and there. They eyes reminded me of the All Seeing Eye, for those of you who
are illuminati buffs. They eye was stylized, as if it was making the normally creepy looking all seeing eye, which gives some people the jitters, into
a funny, almost mocking effigy. Like having an eye upon you 24/7 was fun, kooky, and hip.
Then you have the big brother room. Some of the contestants would go in the room and pour their hearts out to one of those neon eyes, like it was a
trusted friend, with cameras trained on them. THAT really creeped me out, especially when the voice of "Big Brother" came on. The voice seemed
electronically masked and modulated, which really gave it a soothing, almost droning quality. Friggin Orwellian!
Then of course, the group of contestants were required to perform some weird, and in my opinion, degrading task in order earn money for food. If a
certain amount of people screwed up the task, you get money for virtual starvation rations.
That was enough to turn me off to the whole thing. It just seemed............wrong. That something that was so sinister and so Overtly Orwellian would
be so popular that people were talking to each other about the contestants and what they did at work the next day.
So I am with you, Val. After that does of reality tv, I have had more desire to sit outside and watch my car rust than watch reality tv. Big brother
is but one of many shows out there that people are glued to.
They simply could not offer me enough money to be spyed on and have some of my deepest, darkest moments displayed on national tv.