Comment: UK Television
I do not watch a lot of television, I am too busy. But occasionally
on an afternoon or a Sunday morning, whilst suffering from the
drunken shenanigans I was involved in the night before, I enjoy
switching on the box and melting into the parallel universe set
before me. The adventure in My Parents are Aliens,
the highlife of Friends or the sickeningly unrealistic
abundance of beauty of Hollyoaks can serve as a perfect
method of relaxation and eases a hangover no end!
We can look
at Sonia in Eastenders or Fizz from Coronation Street
and be thankful that Jamie hasnt cheated on us, or that Tyrone
hasnt killed our next-door neighbour, had a baby with our mother
or run away with our milkman. It is the perfect way to appreciate our
life and slob out all in one.
What I dont want to see when I turn on the TV is someone making
a cup of tea, someone getting their hair cut, someone picking out their
belly button fluff! Reality TV sucks
Wednesday 10am - everybody
sleeps, Friday 3pm Kylie picks her nose, Friday 3.01pm, Kylie
eats it! Not thrilling viewing is it? If I wanted to see someone
pick their nose, fart a little and burp some more I could just look
at my housemates, better still if I want to see real life, I could just
look in the mirror!
Admittedly, I did watch the first Big Brother, and yes,
I did think about phoning in and voting for someone, but know I cant
even remember who they were. It was a new thing, a concept never explored
before in the UK. I could even handle Survivor with its
interesting challenges and its, somewhat sinister tribal theme. However,
ten people being tied to a truck, a hairdressing salon under scrutiny
or ten D list celebrities in the jungle does not appeal to me in the
slightest. They even have a reality TV show now called Temptation
Island. Sound intriguing? Well, it consists of Channel whatever
taking four perfectly happy, stable couples and ripping their relationship
apart. They split them up; plonk them on two separate islands with a
shed load of gorgeous people, whose job it is to tempt them
into being unfaithful! What a load of rubbish!
It causes me to worry about how far TV producers would actually go to
increase viewing figures, if we are so tolerant of reality television,
then what else will we accept appearing on the box? Or will we just
melt into a life of playing nosy neighbours, wherein every programme
on the tele is spying on someone else, or will it be that we will find
ourselves on the TV one day with out even knowing it?
seen The Truman Show? Maybe you should, then maybe Reality
TV will loose all its appeal and emerge as the mindless, ominous
product that I believe it is.
Erin Hopkins November 2003
is a first year Creative Arts student at Portsmouth University
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