Hey. Im sure this topic has probably been batted about before, but I was curious as to what peoples thoughts on the matter may be.
I feel that reality programming may be an attempt at conditioning the public for a massive usurption of our personal privacy. I know it is probably
already happening on a limited basis, but so much intimate involvement in the lives of others may be intended to dissolve the boundaries of what is
still thought as an unacceptable intrusion into our lives.
That's actually a really good thought. I know my biggest fear showed up the year after I graduated high school...I read 1984. If that ever happens, I
hope I'll already be dead, because for me, that would be my hell...
I gave that book to my father to read and it made him question his lot in life more than I have ever observed before. Its a thought provoking book,
and true to form when we think about our own culture. Noam Chomsky authored a book called MEDIA CONTROL that deals with the same issues.
If it does happen, Im not taking it lying down. Thats one reason I abstain from giving any patronage to reality programming.
I think the main driver to the "Reality TV" phenom is simply money.
It's the cheapest form of programming immaginable. Even if there's a million dollar prize after an entire season of taping...that's pretty much it.
You can get ratings as big as Friends, without paying each cast member $2.4 million a season.
But it is good conditioning for Big Brother. Also it reinforces another lie that makes us continue to support [take your pick] the obscenely wealthy
or Illuminati --- the misconception that YOU TOO can be:
1984 is a book by George Orwell that describes a world where nothing you do goes unnoticed by the government. The citizens are blindly and fanatically
devoted to a pretend cause and have their motives consistently reinforced by mass propaganda and brainwashing. Sounds pretty familiar, huh?
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