Reality TV Not For You? Come On, You Know You Do

UFOs…apparitions…Atlantis…angels dancing on the head of a pin. Are any of these real? There’s a question which insists on a question for an 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 bizarre portion 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. They are those bizarre  kids in the back of the classroom who we remember acting out. Now all grown up, they’re making a quick buck by acting out for the cameras.

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, please get a life. For you see, most great civilizations declined just about the time they too decided to create and watch bizarrely entertaining examples of themselves. Pagan Rome was known for this….the French Court of Louis XVI was famous for this…hang on, the Networks have just scheduled 11 new ones for this fall.

You wonder….Does that mean the Networks will be fiddling while America burns??

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