So if what we are watching on TV Today, at Least in Terms of SO-CALLED "REALITY TELEVISION," is a return to the Concept of "BREAD AND CIRCUSES" that was part of the ROMAN EMPIRE, why does it appeal to so many people?
It may be Difficult for some fans of these shows to accept, but it could be the Desire to see a PATHETIC OR UNAPPEALING INDIVIDUAL SUFFERING, AND THAT NO MATTER HOW BAD THE VIEWERS LIFE IS, AT LEAST IT'S NOT THEM ON THE SCREEN.
To Add to this Image, a HOST is tossed in to either:
- Make the Guests seem more Reprehensible.
- Fan the Flames to Encourage More Conflict, including
- To Show the Audience that They can Rescue the
Guests from Themselves. Of Course Help is offered
after Thoroughly Humiliating and Demeaning those on Stage.
Remember, These shows are Promoting what you are seeing as TRUE TO LIFE,
NOT CHARACTERS ACTING FROM A SCRIPT. ( How much of this is actually True is Very Suspect, and Accusations of Fictional Dramas being played off as REALITY RUN RAMPANT.)
However, what does it say about the Regular Viewers of such Material? Is the Pain, Anguish, and Emotional Suffering appearing before Their Eyes somehow CATHARTIC, when They See:
- Members of the Audience Chant and Ridicule Those who are the Focus of the Days Program.
- See Individuals in a better Economic Situation then They, Suffer Emotionally
- The Anger, Hate and Turmoil They may feel, reduced to an OBJECT OF PITY
AND RIDICULE, WHERE THE ONLY THING THEY TAKE AWAY FROM THE
EPISODE IS AN ATTITUDE OF, "AT LEAST THATS NOT ME."
Some will CRITICIZE me for taking issue with Subject Matter that is just a GUILTY PLEASURE, AND SHOULDNT BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY.
Im Sorry to say This, but anything placed on TV that:
- Uses Live Film of Minor Children to Create Tension and Confrontation,
ESPECIALLY AMONG PARENTAL FIGURES...
- Pretends to Solve Complex Emotional Problems with 15- 20 Minutes
of POP PSYCHOLOGY...
- Encourages or Creates Situations that May Lead to Physical Violence...
- Opens and Closes with Monologues by the Host, Telling everyone
how Wise and Benevolent They are..
... AMONG THE MOST DISGUSTING AND DISTASTEFUL FORMS OF PROGRAMMING, THAT ARE OF NO CONCEIVABLE BENEFIT TO ANYONE, ACCEPT MAYBE THOSE WHO BUY ADVERTISING DURING THE AIRING OF THE SHOW.