The Lowest Common Denominator

 I was composing a story the other day about the similarities between some TV fictional series and current world events (which I still will submit at some point) but more recently go to thinking about mass media and the effect it has on us.

More specifically, the genre of Reality TV on our young.

Reality TV is threatening to take over the whole medium of television and it is becoming more and more apparent this is not for the greater good. Let me clarify what I mean by Reality TV. I'm talking about the shows where the cameras follow a group of people around and 'capture' their oh-so-wacky, 'crazy' day to day lives. 

Originally these shows were entertaining and had some decent sociological and entertainment values ie The Osbournes, Big Brother s1 but now they are a dime a dozen, and the entertainment values hover below the lowest common denominator.

They are designed to appeal to our voyeristic tendencies but there is nothing remotely voyeristic abut the production of the shows. The players are either young, gorgeous and sexually willing (and completely focused on every opportunity to turn their antics into prime airtime) or socially inept victims seemingly oblivious to the humiliation they are likely to experience. 

There's absolutely nothing spontaneous about the events you see on TV. Pretty production assistants are sent in to cajole and elicit the most sensitive information about the prospective participants in return for the tenuous prospect of fame and a future career in the public eye.

I dont blame them, we watch the stuff. Ratings sell and thats the bottom line.

But I despair of my daughter's future ambitions if all she has to aspire to is a vacuous teen Beverly Hills wannabe who cant even bear a whiff of hot food should horror of horrors the stuff actually STICK to her hips and butt, pouts and whines until daddy buys her that car/bag/friend and thinks nothing of stepping over her so called best friends in order to sleep with their boyfriends.

God help me but I'm banning MTV from my house for the next 25 years. Bring on the History channel. 

BTW-I'd be interested to hear any other EPS views on this topic. 

 

 

mamma570 mamma570
36-40, F
8 Responses Feb 21, 2009

HAVE YOU SEEN ITALIAN TV ...WEATHER FORECASTS IN BIKINIS...... SERIOUSLY THATS WHAT I WANT TO GET AWAY FROM....CORPORATE SOULESS HYPOCRICY.... EROTICA FOR EROTICAS SAKE... NO APOLOGIES NO BIKINIS OR B.S. AND EVERY WOMAN LOOKS LIKE RAQUEL WELSH...TEAR DROPS FOR THE SOUL

you're a better person than me ;0)<br />
but yes, I know what you mean *smile*

Brilliant, Superhero- at least you know your boys wont grow up like elixor here who thinks women doing the weather report in their bikinis are where its at :P

ah haha youre sooooooo funny elixor (not)

COULDNT AGREE MORE THATS WHY I GOT A MOTORISED SATELITE YOU WOULD BE AMAZED HOW MUCH SMARTER WOMAN APPEAR WHEN SPEAKING A LANGUAGE YOU CANT UNDERSTAND PLUS THE FACT THERE NAKED HELPS TOO......I LOVE ITALIAN TV CHECK OUT LEA DI LEO YOUR KIDS WOULD LEARN SO MUCH FROM HER AND A MORE POSITIVE FEMALE ROLE MODEL YOU WILL NOT FIND

Hurrah for runnagirrl! Thanks grits, that gives me hope for the little pickle after all!

i'm with both of you! i'm 21, so i know i'm supposed to love mtv, but the only times i ever watch it is if someone else has it on in the background, and i just stare at the shows in disbelief. seriously, so much of reality tv is just pure stupidity.<br />
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when it comes to tv, there's a few current shows i like, and after that if i'm watching anything it's either reruns or the discovery/history/national geographic channels. no mtv for me!

I so agree with you. I am so glad that my children would rather watch the history channel over shows such as this. It is a shame that those in produceing shows for television help continue this dumbing down of the viewer.