Reality shows are taking over TV

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posted on May, 14 2013 @ 10:42 PM
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Everywhere I turn, I see reality shows. Honey Boo Boo, Forever Young, Jersey Shore (is that still on?), and countless others.

I hate all these stupid reality shows using stupid people (or people acting stupid) to get the public to watch them. News isn't actually news, and TV is no longer fiction. Sad.

Is this a conspiracy? Might be. People watching people doing dumb things might just make them dumb. Monkey see monkey do. Dumbing down the population.

Growing trend, growing stupidity.
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posted on May, 14 2013 @ 10:47 PM
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All I can say is get outside sometime this year, or if you have to rent a movie or two. Maybe look into a local community garden or something like that.

Television sucks, and it always will. Live life to its fullest, away from the television.



posted on May, 14 2013 @ 10:50 PM
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I think it is a trend, so get outside. And if you ever have kids, take them outside and enjoy what's left of nature while it lasts...



posted on May, 14 2013 @ 10:55 PM
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Those two last posts were kind of off-topic. As far as finding good television shows to watch, Hulu can be good. There's Netflix too, but I personally have had a bad time with them in the past. Even though Blockbuster has closed down MANY of its retail outlets, you can still get movies delivered to your door through them.

A recommendation for a great 2 season series to check out would be Eli Stone. Look it up. I think it's on Hulu. Good luck.



posted on May, 14 2013 @ 11:09 PM
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One TV show said that the programs like you mention come from the networks 'Office of Illiterate Programming'.

As long as shows like Aaron Sorkin's "The Newsroom", documentaries like Oliver Stone's "Untold History of the United States", and past shows like "John from Cincinnatti" are around, TV is a little more barricaded against 'the stupid'.



posted on May, 14 2013 @ 11:12 PM
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I agree. I admit I was a survivor fan years ago when it broke the mold but no longer. All those shows now are fake tom foolery. Repo man,Breaking Amish, Storage wars ad nauseum. However, Amazing Race seems to be the only one that steers clear of that trash and the only one I like to watch.



posted on May, 14 2013 @ 11:14 PM
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Originally posted by extraterrestrialentity
Everywhere I turn, I see reality shows. Honey Boo Boo, Forever Young, Jersey Shore (is that still on?), and countless others.

I hate all these stupid reality shows using stupid people (or people acting stupid) to get the public to watch them. News isn't actually news, and TV is no longer fiction. Sad.

Is this a conspiracy? Might be. People watching people doing dumb things might just make them dumb. Monkey see monkey do. Dumbing down the population.

Growing trend, growing stupidity.
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So you just noticed?
Just teasin...
Reality was fun at first, but I am getting quite tired of it. And now we find out that a lot of it is just perpetrated to be real, when it is not. So I guess this leads us back to square one.



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 12:17 AM
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IMHO - a major driving force behind these "reality "shows is thier minimal production costs



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 12:24 AM
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Originally posted by ignorant_ape
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IMHO - a major driving force behind these "reality "shows is thier minimal production costs


Ding! Ding! Ding! Cheapskates ain't they?

Not to mention no original ideas IMHO. The networks should be forced into showing old re-runs
of Star Trek, All in the Family and Dragnet until they can come up with something almost as good.



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:19 AM
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It's more like scripted reality. How "real" can it be, when people know they're on tv? You tellin' me, ain't no acting goin' on???
Now, if they put hidden cameras in someone's house and filmed their everyday life, without them knowin' , then you could call that "reality". Other than that...it's all just a bunch of wannabe actors. Try living life without television. You'd be amazed at how clearer your brain can function.



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:22 AM
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You know I was once called by a reality TV show. They liked folks from my area, and found me interesting. But who in their right mind would subject their lives to the scrutiny of millions of people? Yikes!!!!



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:23 AM
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Originally posted by WonderBoi
It's more like scripted reality. How "real" can it be, when people know they're on tv? You tellin' me, ain't no acting goin' on???
Now, if they put hidden cameras in someone's house and filmed their everyday life, without them knowin' , then you could call that "reality". Other than that...it's all just a bunch of wannabe actors. Try living life without television. You'd be amazed at how clearer your brain can function.

Finally. My sister actually thinks it's real.



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:25 AM
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Who needs reality TV when you have your own personal show outside that you can view anytime of day.



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:27 AM
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Originally posted by Yngvarr

Originally posted by ignorant_ape
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IMHO - a major driving force behind these "reality "shows is thier minimal production costs


Ding! Ding! Ding! Cheapskates ain't they?

Not to mention no original ideas IMHO. The networks should be forced into showing old re-runs
of Star Trek, All in the Family and Dragnet until they can come up with something almost as good.

Yes! Bring in Star Trek. Reality TV is just a bunch of people living fake lives; Star Trek is, well, Star trek cannot be explained, it can only be watched.



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:32 AM
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Bread (Obamacare) and Games (MSM and TV shows).
+ overgrown army and falling economy (large manufacturers taking over - killing small business)
and you have the final days of Rome



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:39 AM
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Originally posted by ignorant_ape
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IMHO - a major driving force behind these "reality "shows is thier minimal production costs


I agree that is most likely a major factor. Idk, did sitcoms really go down hill? Dont watch much telly so dont know whats hot, if anything besides reality shows.

That said, some reality shows are actually really good. As far as production costs, well they dont have big name stars, i dont think many reality stars are getting big money contracts, and the cameras are not high end studio cameras.

Sure i miss the old days with classic sitcoms like from the 70s and 80s, but i seriously doubt we will see shows like those any time soon.
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posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:48 AM
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haha, I don't call it a conspiracy but this has been happening since the 90's.

It all started with MTV!



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:45 PM
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Yep, "The Real World" gave birth to these crap shows that are on now.
I dont see how people can watch these shows, ever other word has to be "beeped" out, so its like.. .Hey, where the beep to you think your beeping going you mother beep..
Pitiful.
And a poster above hit the nail on the head, low production costs and the occasional tit flash, blurred out of course, attracts the teen viewers.



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 01:54 PM
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Just chiming in from the UK where we has reality tv shows they range from Made in Chelsea, The Only Way is Essex, the valleys, Geordie shore, jersey shore, big brother, celebrity big brother, I'm a celebrity get me out of here ... The list goes on, my own personal view on this program's I cant describe because it will break ATS T&Cs.

If I watch tv it's usually a good documentary usually about wild life or Ray Mears survival. I can't stand when I over hear people banging on about the newest reality show I think to myself ... Jeees do you have nothing better to do



posted on May, 15 2013 @ 02:14 PM
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this year there was only two new television shows worth watching. and they were both on fox

The Following and Touch fox, also i like Southland, i watch it on tnt,although i think it is a produced by another network and Person of Interest on cbs. Big Bang cbs. Grim on nbc, and a show fox took off that was a great show was Fringe.

networks that i don't watch or hardly ever watch any more due to reality tv. the history channel, a&e, discovery channel, nbc, abc, and the one i think is the worst is syfy, man that network has gone to ____.

one other thing that get my goat, suffering channels sometimes i stop to see what they have the idots up to.
and the ones that chap my ass are the ones in the south, and that phoney southern accents that the narrators use.
try and make him sound like waylan jennings doing dukes of hazzard. thats just plain sad and a inslut to all southerners.

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