Is reality TV the decline of society?

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    I had lunch with my sister the other day and we were talking about various random things, relationships, current events etc.

    Then we started talking about movies and television. TV is flooded with various reality shows, which in fact are not well.....real.

    Shows like The Real World makes me hold my head in my hands watching 18 to 22 somethings thinking their lives are so horrible because nobody understands them.

    Survivor, please, put 30 people on an island for a month with no supplies other than a ball of twine, a paperclip and Q-tips now that I would watch.

    Celeb shows like the Kardashians, Gene Simmons, Real Housewives hell even Joey Bonaduce for that matter is a topic all by themselves. They are nothing more than people with money either live life as if nothing they do matters or live life to the point they need 3-4 liver transplants.

    Even shows like "The Deadliest Catch" are being edited for ratings, so that also isn't even well...again real.

    What happened to the good sitcoms? Will and Grace, Seinfeld to name a couple, shows that are funny and on occasion make you think.

    I only watch a couple shows on a regular basis, but for the most part there isn't much quality out there in my opinion.

    Movies are just as bad. I like juvenile humor as much as the next person, but Will Farrel is one of the "bigger comedy actors" of the day? Adam Sandler? I love Adam Sandler since he's from from my hometown, but come on, let's try stretching once in a while. How many times can Happy Gilmore be the character of a movie with a different title?

    Who is making the next classic set of movies? I enjoy watching Indie films, since they are obviously staying out of the "summer blockbuster" niche.

    Has originality on the big and little screen really just disappeared? I just feel a lot of people are dumbing down instead of watching anything with meaning. Even humor has gone from wit to almost all toilet humor. I don't mind toilet humor, but after a while it gets a little old.
     
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    Adam Sandler has been branching out a bit, with movies like Spanglish and Reign Over Me. You Don't Mess With the Zohan looks to be the same level of sophomoric humor as Happy Gilmore but with a moderately different character and better overall execution. Will Farrel though, can't stand the guy. Plays the same guy almost as often as Norm MacDonald, back when the guy had an acting career.

    Still, I try to tune out the so-called reality TV, though it's getting harder with every channel picking up on the genre, it seems. If I want to see people going about their daily lives, I'll watch something like Deadliest Catch. Atleast it's real enough that the people are still in their element, and the element is interesting.
    But Real World? Could there be a more poorly named show? Survivor is a fucking joke, too. You know they're not going to let anything happen to anyone on the show, within their control. Besides, eventually they'll run out of ideas and have to flip a coin to pick between invading one of the unreached tribes in the Amazon or Survivor Harlem.
     
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    The writer's strike happened. Reality shows don't need writers so they've been the staple of the past year.
     
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    Yes, they are. I thought I was the only one who noticed. :redface:

    Talk shows like Jenny Jones and Jerry Springer were the springboard for the ridiculous tripe the networks keep endlessly churning out. As well as the endless gauntlet of court tv shows which I refuse to watch.

    IMO, The real decline of society through television came about with the production and popularity of Roseanne. That show made it ok to be low class. All of a sudden people started wearing their poverty and lack of education on their sleeves like it was the Red Badge of Courage. Poverty is nothing to be ashamed of, I just don't see a point in bragging about it.

    I used to watch Survivor but it jumped the shark a while ago. Apparently America has a shortage of writers for the entertainment industry. You don't really need writers to churn out pathetic dating shows like The Bachelor, The Swan, Extreme Makeover, etc.


     
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    It's been going on since around the turn of the century. Real World and Road Rules came before that, but that's about when it really took off.

    Still, we should all hang out for a weekend and make a documentary of our conversations about it. We could so fucking get that on CBS.
     
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    All of you should watch a bit of British, continental European, or even Canadian TV as an example of what happens when good writers are allowed to have fun and produce programs whose content isn't as subject to political interference from the religious right.

    It actually turns out to be funny - surprise - and those who are offended can just not watch. When did the US get so paranoid about the content on their big TV networks?
     
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    Survivor Harlem, now that I might watch! :biggrin1: Take a bunch of spoiled brats from Beverly Hills and put them in a harlem tenement with a welfare check and food stamps and see how they survive for a month. No landline, no cell phone, no maid service, no pool etc. etc. Show them how the real people live, make them go to public school. Let's start with the Kardashian's, she has 8 kids and 2 different baby daddys, thats a good start. :cool::biggrin1::tongue:


     
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    Ex-fuckin'-actly. Give 'em $300 worth of foodstamps and be like "The four you gotta eat off of this until the first of next month."
     
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    Hate to clue you, but Harlem's now becoming gentrified and fashionable.


    The show I abhor the most is Bridezillas. It is absolutely shocking to see these spoiled girls rage like complete maniacs. Where were these douchebags born and what man in his right mind would marry these self-centered, selfish, inconsiderate, rude, low-class, cunts? Their behavior is absolutely shocking. It's all, "Me, me, me!" and nothing about sharing a joyous occasion with loved ones! I can see the divorces before these women are even married. It's grotesque.

    In more shocking news, one network wants to resurrect the worst reality show of all time, Queen For A Day. In all of TV history there has been nothing so crass as this show. It consists of women telling sob stories to an audience who then decides who gets all the fabulous prizes, a fake tiara and scepter, and the crowing glory of being.... queen for a day. The more awful your life is, the more votes you rack-up.
     
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    ooh, that sounds wonderful....but knowing reality TV, it would be edited to show more suffereing than there actually is.

    but reality TV sucks major ass. i swear i wish i could revoke whatever privledges MTV and E! have with all the shit they put on the air.

    watch "Next" or "Parental Control", and in minutes you will want to just go outside and start shooting. i won't even start with all the shitty dating shows with Z-list celebrities.

    but what really got to me is when E! started giving reality shows to the scum of Hollywood. Those damn Kardashians who only have a show because one of them is a big assed slut. Then there's Dina Lohan's show, who is a perfect example of mothering for everyone to follow, or even Denise Richards, who i won't even begin to describe my hate for.

    :mad: geez. i'm so angry now.

    though i'll admit that i do watch:
    Big Brother
    America's Next Top Model

    mindless fun.
     
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    See, I could never tolerate that. My idea of a wedding is a nice backyard deal on a sunny day with lots of family and friends, kids and dogs, just having a great time. I see these old movies where couples are married in living rooms or in quick, low-key church weddings, and i think how wonderful it is.

    I may be odd, but I really want my younger cousins (read: kids) at my wedding. This is a family occasion and they're my family. Kids cry and yell and do stuff that doesn't go to plan. Fine by me. They're still my family and I'd like them to be there. I don't care how formal it is, so long as everyone feels welcomed and has a great time, I'll be happy with it.
     
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    I'm so OLD I can remember when MTV played music videos 24hrs a day :biggrin: now it's just the lives of the spoiled rich and fabulously stupid.
    How many mooks can the channel have?

    I'm almost always watching documentaries on tv cuz so little of tv is appealing. Ahh it is reality kinda, and tells a story of some oddball medical condition for example. The un"reality" shows dont' have writers,,, so cut out their cut of the profits more $$$ for the studios/networks. Just record people and show them at their worst. Sounds like a plan to make money to me.

    Bruce Springsteen's song 57 channels, and nothing on, is so painfullllllllllly true. And it just gets worse every year.. more channels showing reruns of some old crap.
     
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    I exclude Project Runway from all the hate, not because it isn't contrived and edited in a manipulative fashion, but because despite that, it remains fabulous.
     
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    You can't ignore the 24 hr cable news crapfest and the decline.
     
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    Then I guess it's official we won't be marrying each other. :frown1: I do not want small children at my wedding. I don't want a flower girl or a ring bearer, or a town crier. I don't want fluffy or butch or any other family pet to have a basket in their mouth or a pillow strapped to their back as they trot down the aisle. I'm sorry I have seen too many children mess up or just plain steal the thunder of the bride. I'm not having it.:cool:
     
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    Not in the wedding, that's silly. Just there at it. I think ring bearers and all that stuff is excessive.
     
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    Never watched SURVIVOR, think AMERICAN IDOL is a waste of time, don't have cable, dislike Will Ferrel and Adam Sandler...I watched two shows from season 2 of RED DWARF last night. I guess from all the complaints listed above, I don't really have a problem lacking cable.

    To bad you folks can't get laid more often. Then you wouldn't have to watch "reality" TV.
     
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    reality tv is not popular as it is the only thing available. It is likeable cuz you can meet people without leaving the confines of you home.

    For the most part Reality TV so to speak is more frequent not by its popularity but by the fact that its cheaper to produce. There is no need for writers, very little producing and I am sure the production company gets kick back from the phone companies involved in the voting process.
     
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    Hey Sargon, you stole my answer, but CNN is still the best. Chris Mathews is disgusting anymore.
     
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