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Culture of Fear

Updated on December 22, 2008

Philippine game shows and their quirks

The culture of fear is upon us again, I don't really know how many get affected by the scare of this global crisis that started from the recession in the US. I for one just shrugged my shoulders as I am sure most of my fellow Filipinos have done. Recession-schmesession, come hit me with you best shot and fire away.

Last week the BPO I work for was all abuzz with the impact of the recession on the third world, where sadly the Philippines is a part of. Already they have conditioned our minds to the possibility of downsizing next year. I must have slept through tons of recession in my long work life. I started working in 1993 and have worked with 6 companies. I can't say I have worked my ass off though, and that's probably because I do not have the responsibilities of say a homemaker. I am single and with both parents dead, I need only to take care of myself. Don't get me wrong, I never fail to bend my knees and thank the good Lord for always taking care of me and I always help my sisters out with their finances. But all around, I can say my existence have been really comfortable. But it gets hard to play deaf to the prophets of doom if you're coming from a third world nation.

I stopped watching a noontiime variety show because I felt like it exploited the plight of Filipinos in need. Being a game of chance and enticing people to large sums of money and houses alone insults what little intelligence I have. You wouldn't believe how many people get sucked into this everyday. Before the contestant gets to play the game they need to give their life story with tears and all then perform a talent before the live studio audience and all the millions of television viewers around the world. So what actually happens is that the contestant bares their soul and enumerates the reasons why their lives are miserable and after the heart wrenching tell all, the host would ask what talent they're going to showcase and to start showing it. So you have a contestant with a tear drenched face doing a short dance number to the music of Flo' Rida or some other fast song.

Its completely horrible to me how far people can slinker down to when its their next meal that's on the line. And how much lower could show producers go to get their greedy hands on the advertisers' money? These television shows help perpetuate this unhealthy neediness in people to queue up for the game show everyday instead of finiding gainful employment. I wonder if the producers spend all the money they give away everyday to providing a job placement service (heaven knows we have so little of it), would they have offered a better service for the people?

This whole exercise made me cranky I think. Good thing I just purchased a few episodes of Gossip Girl season two, nothing like a bunch of filthy-rich, spoiled-rotten teenagers circling each other like birds of prey, to lift me out of my grumpy state.



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    • Cris A profile image

      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      it is said that the road to hell is paved with good intentions! i myself don't like that show

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      Monie Maunay 9 years ago from manila, philippines

      I hate Wowowee there I said it, hate that the show's host thinks he's breathing some kind or rarified air and that he's been tasked to bring hope to the people, bah! False hope more like.

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      Cris A 9 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      another nice read! of course, this sounded all too familiar living in the same part of the planet as you do. and you can never be more right in assessing the exploitation of the exploited, entertainment from other people's misery - it could never be worse (and believe me, i'm trying to be optimistic here!)