Half Massed wrote:SaintsOfTheDiamond wrote:It's definitely not because of me, because I can proudly proclaim I'm probably the only American that's never watched any episode of any of them.
Oh, and Rugby, I completely agree with you, though some may tell you that "cynical" is my middle name.
sorry to shoot you down, but i've avoided them at all costs as well. i agree with rugby also though. the need of people to escape and avoid their own life out of fear or denial has grown hugely over the last years. if people took the time to examine their own lives, many would be depressed with their meaningless job, lack of aspirations and overall purpose, so instead of facing it, coming to terms with it, and god forbid, doing something about it, they turn to anything that will distract them or make them think "at least i have it better than that guy." after all, it's a lot easier to ignore something or get lost in someone else's life than it is to face your own. the concept and obvious point of reality tv shows have disgusted me from the beginning
The one thing about this argument that I can't agree with is that you wouldn't be able to enjoy any TV or Movies. All movies and TV are is an escape to leave your stresses for the hour or two you sit down to watch them. The reason that Reality shows have taken off is simple in my opinion.
You are forced to watch what they broadcast. You can make your choice based on what channel to watch, but you still are forced in a way because you have to make a decision on something or turn the TV off (which means you wouldn't complain because you aren't watching them). Reality shows probably take up 30-60% of all TV shows, without doing the research. This would just be my guess. Therefore many people wind up settling in on one of these channels and therefore become attatched to a show.
The reason so many of these shows are on is not because of demand, but because of the extremely cheap production costs to run these shows. They don't have to pay their actors, which saves them millions. Studios would so much rather throw a reality show on the fall lineup instead of a sitcom.