UFOs…apparitions…Atlantis…angels dancing on the head of a pin. Are any of these real? Now there’s a question which insists on a question as its answer: What is reality?
Now here’s a handy working definition. There is physical reality (seeable, touchable, smellable), metaphysical reality (that which is not physical yet still believable), and everything in between (the many compelling realities that exist and persist in our minds).
But I ask you now. Where does this leave that approximately 50% of our television programming called Reality TV? While we live in a city, a nation, a world crammed with real lives in real hunger and pain and warfare, how do we dare call these make-believe camera hogs “reality?” The Jersey Shore, Housewives of Miami, brides and bachelors and survivors are the peculiar kids in the back of the classroom who we remember acting out. Now all grown up, they’re making a quick buck on screen!
If watching them is entertaining you, who’s to tell you not to be entertained…? But if believing them to be an authentic reflection of the world is informing you, please get another education…! For you see, most great civilizations declined just about the time they too decided to create and watch entertaining examples of themselves. Pagan Rome was known for this….the French Court of Louis XVI was famous for this…the Networks have scheduled 11 new ones for this fall.
Whoops! Does that mean the Networks will be fiddling while America burns??
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