Tuesday, May 24, 2005

The reality of death?

I wonder how long it will be until (un) 'reality' TV traffics in death - the first televised killing? Instead of being voted off the island you will leave the tribal council area to be fed to the sharks. Or your team mates will be asked to stone you. Death will become part of the show because death is a 'reality'. After all that's what television is about ... isn't it?



At 8:00 pm, Blogger M said...

An interesting point! My boyf and I were just considering how youngens learn from adults on TV due to a lack of significant/ influential adults in their lives. Does this then mean that if they are learning from Neighbours and Home and Away, they will think that they can never have a close family unless tragedy strikes bringing them all closer together??

At 8:44 pm, Blogger Scott said...

This is classic! Oh, my what a situation! In the absence of any meatspace examples, do we turn to TV. I mean many technologies enable communities to develop around them - in fact social practices around technologies are an important part of the social order. But taking examples from TV shows?

At 3:42 am, Blogger valueprep.com said...

I think the concept would be fairly interesting to view obviously as adults only. I think the kiddies might be a little traumatized! However, say over a 10 footer tiger or bull shark and one of those pepl that really annoy everyone. Hey, that would be good fun!
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At 7:23 am, Blogger jk said...

I've often wondered the same thing. Maybe not death, but watching cancer, divorce, lives ruined......all in the name of entertainment. It seems that once things are considered pop culture on a widely view network, most of society loses their critical apparatus. The Apprentice drives me nuts. (but i still find myself watching it. I suck like that.)

At 11:09 am, Blogger Scott said...

Yeah, I think a lot of us can relate to those feelings of disgust/repulsion/anger/annoyance etc while we still watch and cannot seem to turn away. I'm sure there is a nice quote in The Importance of Being Earnest about this kind of thing ... mmm can't remember ... can anyone help? Mesmurised by the spectacle and at the same time turned off ...


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