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    Reality TV

    Do you like it? Loathe it?

    Generally I can't stand US reality TV (like all those fast cuts and dramatic editting and shit is horrible) but there's quite a few UK reality shows I quite liked where you manage to get a glmpse of something ... "human"?


    On a side note, a great parody/critique was done by Screenwipe (highly recommended series ... most episodes are on YouTube):


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    For a time I watched Hell's Kitchen, if that counts. Not that I took any of it for "reality" at all. It was just a guilty pleasure of watching melodramatic antics.

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    No, never been a fan. None of the snippets I've seen seemed remotely interesting.
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    I don't have the stomach for it at all. But I do have a huge appetite for Charlie Brooker's insights on human behaviour, culture and society. I could talk about Black Mirror episodes for days.

    I suppose that like those who reject clearly staged and performed porn, opting instead to seek amateur porn because it "looks and feels real", I'm put off by the fakeness of Reality TV. It's a very clear on/off switch for me, and I just switch off.

    But clearly I have an appetite to judge, to critique, and to lazily give uninformed opinions about people and I know next to nothing about and their behaviours and choices. And I have an appetite to judge those who have been put in the position to judge others - did they make the right call? How did they handle that situation? Did they let slip their own flaws and shortcomings?

    So yes, I have the personality traits and characteristics that would eat up Reality TV if someone could fabricate a world that I could become invested in (like Black Mirror, but for real).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ptah View Post
    For a time I watched Hell's Kitchen, if that counts. Not that I took any of it for "reality" at all. It was just a guilty pleasure of watching melodramatic antics.
    Ha, Gordon Ramsey is my guilty pleasure. I enjoy the American show, for as far as stoner entertainment goes.. I like the UK shows for a dose of some actual reality, and that's also inevitably why I find them a bit duller.

    I admire Ramsey for being the successful, sadistic, intimidating, yet inspiring Eight that he is. Makes me Lul to see him action.

    I got addicted to some Real Housewives of Orange County back in '11 - for a few weeks, not been back since.

    Sometimes - depending on the people, reality TV can offer a glimpse at just that.

    98% of it is just pure shite tho, and so I don't bother with it much.

    Hate those TruTV & TruCrime programs n such. My mom is an addict, and I really don't think it's healthy at all.
    Last edited by Sinny; 04-28-2017 at 08:05 PM.
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    I'm still trying to understand Kanye West's break down. That intrigues me.

    I watch the Kardashians sometimes and really feel sorry for them.
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    Teh Feelz answer: I'd echo not only a loathing, but an abject apathy for "reality TV." There is nothing real about it, it's cheap, cynical horse shit pandering to the most base instinct of "at least I'm not that bad..." Yet ironically the network and/or those involved are cutting paychecks, in some cases amassing vast commercial wealth. It begs the question who are really the trainwrecks of reality in Reality TV, the people in and behind these refuse-fests, or the people watching them?

    The objective answer: I despise Reality TV at every level, but if I had to pick one in particular, it's that the shows are typically so inexpensive to make whilst generally being highly profitable that they encourage garbage over people who commit to being actual entertainers and shows with quality production, scripting, directing, etc. (I'm not bitter Firefly was cancelled in favor of American Idol Jr. Not. At. All.)

    That said, I'd also promote Black Mirror as a quality look at human behavior, culture and sociology. San Junipero got a lot of press, and was good, but I think I enjoyed Nosedive more. I have yet to see all the episodes however.

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    For the most part I don't care for it. I loath the retarded ones like big brother where the premise is watch a bunch of wannabe attention hounds interact.

    I've been watching "60 days in" which has an interesting premise and at least the actual prisoners behaviors are unscripted and can't be manipulated. You can tell the producers still edit the footage to create maximum apparent drama, but it seems legitimate for the most part.

    I confess to having watched a few of the early seasons of Survivor and the Amazing Race, but I've long since tired of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thoth View Post
    That said, I'd also promote Black Mirror as a quality look at human behavior, culture and sociology. San Junipero got a lot of press, and was good, but I think I enjoyed Nosedive more. I have yet to see all the episodes however.
    I think the episode "The Entire History of You" captures obsessive micro-analysis brilliantly. That's the one episode I'd love to discuss with a fellow over-analyzer.

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    I watched a little bit of the very first couple of mtv Real Worlds strictly for the novelty in the early 90's but that was enough for me. I remember Dom and the country guy.

    I don't really care about drama between people I actually know irl, so for people on tv? Nah.

    I know it's branched out a bit since then but I'm not really interested in much outside of sci-fi, comedy or documentaries.
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