Reality Television = A big Joke
Watching reality television shows has become my least favorite thing to do. I remember sitting in the house with my older sister and young brother watching one of the first reality shows to air, such as Real World and losing my mind down to the last minute of the show because I craved for more to see, more to experience. I admired these group of youngsters, and I wanted to be like them. Now as I have gotten older I continue to look at most of these shows and think to myself, what the hell was I thinking has America lost their minds with the bulk of these shows taking over shows with real substance? Most would say, just change the channel if you don't like reality television, so what will that do? Is America saying to us, so what, turn the channel and watch absolutely nothing because we have replaced real acting with fake scripted television. What does any of this say about who we are as people? Teen moms are being called reality tv stars? Women can get off for killing their child, a woman can shoot a woman in the face, she can give birth to multiples, she can be in a place in her life where she is not able to take care of them, she can get a divorce on national television, all of them, showing the world just how dysfunctional they really are and yet, only in America can they become famous around the world. Get television show deals and be named in magazines as celebrities?
In some cases reality television does give dreamers hope that one day they can make it. Shows that gives singers, dancers, actors the greatest opportunities of a life time, to see their name across a building in shiny lights and getting complete strangers, to stop and stare and wave them down for autographs. It's the American dream, to become famous, known by the world. Who wouldn't want that title, that opportunity? For those people reality television is hope, its the chance to finally make it, but how real are those shows? Are those shows really giving these people a real opportunity to make it? How do we know that they weren't picked up and watched way before now and their chance to rise up to the occasion wasn't scripted and planned? We don't know, as fake as reality television goes, I can only imagine how far these reality shows will go to make their ratings.
Why should a reality show need to be scripted? Drama = entertainment. We feed on drama, we need it, its like our life support system. A bunch of foolishness is what it is. It's here and it's not going away, if you can't beat them, join them. I am thinking of writing my own reality show script, and pitching it. Let's see how far reality television gets me.