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I’ve said it before, and i’ll say it again, I hate reality television. If you need to watch tv in order to see reality, then you seriously need to get a life.

I’m sure you’ve all heard this story, but at the genus of the motion picture era, a short film was produced where a train came directly at the camera. Audiences actually ran our of their seats because they thought the train would hit them. In the 1930s, Orson Welles produced a radio broadcast adaption of “War of the Worlds” that actually had people getting out of their cars and skipping town in fear of alien invasion. In the early 90s, television viewers were criticized for laughing at the dysfunctional method in which Murphy Brown was raising her son. What do all these things have in common? They’re all known events where people were fooled into thinking that movies, radio and television were all real events.

The reason I bring this up is because of a recent bit of information that has been brought to my attention regarding the most popular reality telelvsion series, survivor. Now, I suppose if you’ve kept yourself in the loop on the latest survivor developments, you’d already know this, but then again, if that were the case, this is seriously not the article for you. But for the rest of us, I’ve recently become aware that the next series is being planned and set up in the heart of Africa.

As if there was any doubt whatsoever that they’d try it again, they’re gonna keep doin’ it till every joe shmuck television viewer on the planet has either been a contestant or has gotten completely sick and tired of the show. Whichever comes first. This seem to be the modern trend in marketing. Ironically, it was a similar trend that lead to severe gas shortages in the 70s, not to mention eventual shortages in just about every other resource known to us. The part that scares me is that no matter how much they milk the goddamned thing, it just keeps right on producing. I’ve been known to be wrong about these things, but if you want my prediction, it gonna crash and burn in the most fierce way possible. Remember Vanilla Ice? He lasted forever, didn’t he?

As you’ve probably gathered by now, I don’t like survivor. In fact, I don’t like any reality tv. There’s no accounting for taste I guess, but excuse me for being weary of any Television program where they switch from film to video and then call it reality. Sure, maybe it unscripted, maybe unrehearsed and unplanned, but it’s still entertainment and not reality. 30 or so people trapped on an island with about 75 cameras following their every move, how real is that? When is the last time you ate grubs? Be honest.

What makes the survivor story even more fascinating is that studies performed in the psych department of the university of Massachusetts (I think that’s the place, don’t hold me to that though) where it showed that survivor viewers were 75% more likely to have a psychological need to feel superior to others, as well as be impressed by such things as brand name clothing and high levels of prestige. Survivor is a status symbol, if you watch it, you become part of a bigger thing. Yet another example of full grown people who never quite grow out of the age old “the cool people do it” philosophy.

Well, I guess it’s probably a roundabout way of saying it, but I guess the point I’m trying to make with all this is quite simply that there is nothing real about reality tv. If all you needed to make a realty television series was a tv camera and real people, the concept would never have caught on because just about any Joe Hoser could make his own series. I could care less if you watch them or not, but don’t fool yourself for a minute thinking these shows are actually real.

The thing's hollow - it goes on forever- and - oh my God! - It's full of Stars

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