Escaping Reality

I have a vague recollection of inventing an imaginary friend when I was whatever age kids are when they have imaginary friends.  If I recall, the genesis of this fictional play mate was hearing about the idea on a cartoon.  My pretend friend didn’t stick around for very long.  He rarely talked, if at all, and made for a terrible scapegoat, so I sent him packing.  Since then I haven’t gravitated much toward things that are make believe.  Things like Santa Clause, my gifted athletic ability or reality TV.

These days you can’t turn on the TV without a reality show smacking you in the face like a glove from a challenger in earlier times, indicating a duel was at hand.  Whether it’s the big networks or the annals of cable, to be sure, there is a reality show about something.  Some of these shows are informative and educational.  I am not referring to these shows.  Rather, the moral decay that has become what we perceive as entertainment by way of catty bimbos, fame whores and fame pimps; these are the scourge of TV and society.

I actually heard my Dad one day long ago tell me he had to ride his bike up a hill, in the snow to get to school.  My version of this is that I watched sitcoms.  As cheesy as sitcoms were, there was a sense of morality to them, and they rarely delved in to the indecent.  The fact that previews for these reality shows, the trailers that are meant to get you interested, are women crying, pulling each other’s hair, and men throwing punches, dropping f bombs, makes me think back to a simpler time when we watched shows that were about nothing.  Without question, we are confusing this demise of our culture as evolution.

I personally know a reality ‘star’ that is on one of these more popular shows.  This run of the mill goofball is eligible for a visit from the IRS, and nothing more.  Yet he is hoisted in front of our eyes as something he is not for the purpose of entertainment.  And we buy this fantasy as viewers.  We trick ourselves that this is real because this type of programming has the word ‘reality’ in it.

I’ve always taken issue with this form of entertainment, and there was a time that I ignorantly chalked it up as stimulating consumption for the uneducated.  However, the more I looked around, the more I saw that people much smarter than me were obsessed with this stuff.  That’s when I realized the fantasy that is reality TV is not subject merely to the simple-minded; it’s simply for those that wish to escape.  This fantasy is escapism and the question we need to be asking is ‘why do we need to escape from our lives’?

It’s not just TV either.  Every week my family gets the print versions of these shows in the form of magazines like US Weekly because someone at our house (ahem) subscribes.  Flip through any of these periodicals and you’ll instantly see the most vapid quotes, the most pointless pictures.  “Here is someone that is out and about getting coffee.”  “Here is someone that says their new year’s resolution is to ‘be themselves’.”  I cringe when I flip through these pages of literary nonsense and dream of a time when I didn’t know that someone with no discernible talent picked up after her dog at the park.

This obsession with other people seemingly knows no bounds.  A thriving business model of today is any medium that caters toward this form of escapism.  The most recent example is social networking websites, notably Facebook.  I would like to personally not thank Mark Zuckerberg for creating a website that made stalking a perfectly acceptable social norm.  My wife spends countless hours each week scouring her Facebook like she’s trying to crack the Da Vinci code.  What wondrous joys does she uncover?  Pictures of a people that we hardly know or don’t know anymore and their kids.  Exes.  Where someone went to dinner the night before.  I love my wife to no end, and she is considerably smarter than I am, yet her obsession with other people’s lives, as common as it is, leaves me scratching my head worse than if I had a terrible case of lice.

We are burying our heads into these shows, into these magazines, into these websites to satisfy some sick indulgence that does nothing for our development and provides no value of significant worth.  I realize this entry comes across as preachy, however I do not look down on anyone who indulges in this form of escapism, but rather blame the collective efforts of the media that dangle this type of immediate gratification that as a society we are so vulnerable to grab.

I feel lucky that reality TV and social networking didn’t exist when I was in high school and/or going through my formative years, I’m sure that I would have consumed both to an egregious level.  I can only hope that I am able to teach my kids to avoid hurdles that could interfere with their development; to live life by creating their own reality instead of escaping it.

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98 Responses to Escaping Reality

  1. Arik Shun says:

    I’m with you. I don’t hate reality tv or the people that watch it. And I don’t hate social media or the people that use it. Shit, what I am talking about. Let me rephrase that…I do hate reality tv and most social media, but I don’t hate ALL of the people that watch or use it. Both make a shit load of money for those that create it and in some sick twisted way it keeps people connected. So I get it. I just try not to buy into it. If you succeed keeping your kids from getting sucked into the popularity contest that is Facebook, please let us all know.

  2. fireandair says:

    They’re the modern equivalent of sideshow freaks. It’s no longer socially acceptable to gape like a monkey at someone who just happens to be, for example, considerably shorter than average since we know what causes it, they’ve made a good case for being perfectly capable of making a living like anyone else, and we just no longer give a damn. Tattooed ladies are no longer abnormal. Calling someone with bad eczema “Snake Man” doesn’t make a dent.

    Instead of “freaks” being people who were born looking a little different than the rest of us by blind chance, they are now self-appointed. Reality TV is the freakshow of modern times, for people who deliberately MAKE freaks of themselves.

  3. susielindau says:

    I am especially shameful of my recent indulgence in watching this season’s The Bachelor. I have to admit to being sucked into the madness during the first show. Luckily my addiction will end with the finale….
    Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  4. Ammon says:

    Hollywood is all about the illusion. I grew up with someone who went on to be a bonafide B/C list movie star. They once were featured on an episode of MTV’s cribs.

    MTV showcased this super high-tech (and high-end) SoCal mansion and the viewing public is in left in awe at how cool stars’ lives are.

    The reality is that when MTV filmed the special he living with his accountant and the house they used was owned by the producer of the film he had just finished shooting and was then promoting.

    • 924collective says:

      Welcome to the world of the Zombies! The Worst thing is the ones in Reality Tend to Drive and Text. (Usually At The Same Time) http://t.co/YPN7zF9B Reality Is Scary

    • peeveryan says:

      I’ve heard too that they often rent the fancy cars that they showcase in their garages, and have to return them after filming ends.

      • Ammon says:

        Just because someone is earning hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars a year doesn’t mean that all of a sudden they know how to manage their money.

        I know some accounts who work exclusively with professional athletes and actors. They’ve told me that many of their clients live month-to-month. They have no idea what goes in and/or out of their accounts!

  5. I agree with you, even though I am guilty as charged. These shows are addictive junk for our dying brains. When we have so many other informative options, we allow ourselves to choose a trashy option instead. I wish there were more voices like yours – for the simple reason that we could be given a reality check from time to time about how we’re wasting away.

    Well said.

  6. Sharoon says:

    Congratulations on being freshly pressed! Such a pleasant read. I grew up when ‘I love Lucy” was a conversation starter at school. I’m glad the times I grew up in were considerably diff. from the ones today. I do hope I can pass that unwavering optimism and strength of our times over to my son.

  7. Jayati says:

    True sometimes we get involved so much to the virtual life that we tend to neglect the real life !

  8. You read my mind, (Recently I wrote about basically everything TLC airs – Toddlers & Tiarras, My Strange Addiction…..its all just so bizarre!) Great job!

  9. 1stpeaksteve says:

    Some “Reality Television” shows I do find entertaining in an odd sense. Basically the ones where someone is doing a form of a job or project. Others I loathe. I can see your point though. At some point, society made a few bobbles. One being our obsessive nature with celebrities. Back in the early days, being a celebrity meant being private and having an allure of being in a world beyond ours. Now, everything they do in a day is being broadcasted to us (in place of real news stories), and worse, they are broadcasting their every feelings (about nonsense really) back to us. Has any celebrity ranted about what is going on in Syria lately?

    Social Media can be a great tool but like anything, it can be abused. I was happy to run across some old friends who I now see from time to time. I am not excited when I see one person posting 35 pictures of cats hugging dogs with so called witty phrases scribbled on the pictures. Scroll on! I can say one thing though, Facebook has made me see some acquaintences in a different light. After seeing their feelings, the person that I once viewed as being nice and tolerant; I now can see what they really feel about certain topics and I deal with them differently.

    Thanks for that Mark Zuckerburg!

  10. The Hook says:

    I think your kids are in good hands….

  11. vvotw says:

    Unbelievably relatable. You just perfectly illustrated some shit that drives me crazy 🙂

  12. I couldn’t agree with your post more: As the mother of two children, 9 and 12, I wonder what influence these shows will have on them. Of course, they don’t watch them NOW…but social pressures will inspire them one day to flip them on. Ugh.

    When I was little, we had to develop patience…who was to know if we could catch our “crush” home in the evening when we called? No texting, no cell phones — just a phone that often rang through to a busy signal. My kids don’t even know what that noise IS…

    We’re about a generation away from figuring out the effects of technology and social media. Not to say it’s all bad — some of it is magnificent — but I believe there are untold and unanticipated effects that will become evident within the next few decades.

    Fingers crossed.

  13. Bloggy Magoo says:

    great post. reality TV is perhaps the lowest form of entertainment out there these days – have you ever stopped and counted all the reality shows based in Alaska alone? There’s like 50 of them. I really like your comparison of Facebook and reality TV as well. Have you ever read any Chuck Klosterman? This article is a bit dated but he makes some good points about the current state of television. http://www.esquire.com/features/chuck-klostermans-america/ESQ1006KLOSTERMAN_112

  14. Reason number 4,398 that we don’t own a TV in our house. Truly. 🙂

  15. Raaj Trambadia says:

    I actually agree with you on this. I mean, really, can’t we just focus on our lives and try to make other people’s (whom we interact with daily) lives happy?? These reality shows and stuff is nothing but a distraction in lives. I don’t say that people shouldn’t watch it at all, but it shouldn’t go beyond the limit you know 🙂

    And please check out my latest post on love – http://raajtram.wordpress.com/2012/02/23/love-sometimes-stupidity-d/

  16. yogaleigh says:

    I so agree about the reality shows — they seem to be making it okay to be rude and crude and kids think it’s cool to be disrespectful (and that’s just my take off the ads, I don’t watch any of them –unless the Sing Off counts). I have no explanation for why they’re popular. But I think the social media addiction is a way to avoid the silence that lets our deepest feelings and issues arise into consciousness.

  17. I’ve never been a fan of reality TV, save for when Survivor and American Idol first aired. After the first seasons, I lost interest. Since then, I haven’t indulged in reality TV at all…I find the genre to be obnoxious and, to be honest, rather lazy programming.

    I feel really badly for the budding generations as the main form of entertainment offered to them includes something called a Snookie…

  18. Honie Briggs says:

    I recently had to have an MRI to help diagnose some issues caused by bulging discs in my neck. The imaging also revealed that I have some minor brain atrophy. My doctor assures me that this has most likely been present all of my life and that my body has compensated for it over the years. I however, believe that the part of my brain that controls my motor functions shrunk only because I started using social media. Great post. Funny & informative.

  19. Cafe23 says:

    This is a really interesting post. You know, I definitely was — and still sort of am — against watching reality shows. Well, not against it. I don’t care if people do. But I just thought the whole obsession with watching other people be stupid was mind-boggling. Once in a while though, I’d be at a friend’s house and end up watching The Bachelor or some other show because they were watching it, and I saw how easy it was to get into it. All of a sudden I’d find myself yelling at the screen: “Ugh, don’t pick her!!!” It really is an escape from our ordinary lives, something we as humans have always done and will do, like with our love for watching movies. I do see your point though with it becoming particularly extreme these days with how much social media has pervaded our lives.
    Thanks for the reminder to focus more on what’s important and what we can learn from 🙂

  20. I openly admit that I’m a huge fan of reality TV. Not because I believe it to be truly ‘realistic’ or educational, but more so because I can see the humor in it, and appreciate the fact that it can stir up emotions and reactions in me – surprise (at the unpredictable nature of human actions), anger (at first world problems), fascination (at how “the other half” live), comfort (in being able to relate to certain topics / people). Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a hard hitting documentary as much as the next, but a bit of light viewing here and there entertains me and keeps me open minded.

    I very much enjoyed reading your view on this subject and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  21. shil says:

    Yours is the only interesting/ insightful blog on Freshly Pressed today. Most of the others were not good. I have been saying this for a long time about reality tv. It seems like people came up with the reality tv idea since they themselves lacked talent and found an easy way out. One of the popular examples of reality tv is Kim K (zero talent, there). I mean, why are people interested in her. All reality shows ending with wives suck big time. It probably makes one dumb in no time. Nicely written article.

  22. Anna says:

    When I clicked on this link I was expecting mindless ranting and the arrogance that often comes with someone discussing a ‘pet peeve’. I was pleasantly surprised to find a thought-out, well-articulated argument. I may be biased of course, in that at I agree completely with your perspective, but your ‘bitching in literary form’ has substance. Thanks.

  23. laugh2learn says:

    I am in an improv comedy company, and we work with suggestions from the audience. After the third time someone suggested Sookie, I decided to watch Jersey Shore. I lasted almost 10 minutes.

  24. Baku Kadampa says:

    To be sure, trying to escape our reality just makes it hit back harder. All the escape methods just confirm the need to escape…

  25. I couldn’t agree with you more. People focus too much on living vicariously through others and getting involved in their made-for-television drama versus living their own lives and paying attention to the world that they actually live in. Great post!

  26. Mediocrity has run amok in the world. Reality TV is simply people without any talent acting up for other people without any talent. It makes it “OK” to be average.

  27. Hmmm food for thought here. Since the rise of the interenet, chat rooms and now facebook we have evolved as a family. There are four of us in the house and we are all adults. Our evolution is now at the point where we spend our evenings in the same room, with some “reality” on TV, all sitting on our individual computers sending messages to each other on facebook so as not to interfere with our ability to hear the audio from the TV. I wonder from what we are escaping??

  28. An, reality television and social networking stupidity: you’re preaching to the converted.

    I’ve written dozens of nonsensical rants about these subjects on my blog which you may relate to.

    Thank you for an amusing – and accurate – piece, and congratulations on being Freshly Pressed!

  29. jimbo says:

    I agree with you that’s it’s all a load of vapid tosh, increasingly given pseudo-intellectual kudos by quackademic post-post-modernist rent-a-mouths. One thing though, when you say “I love my wife to no end”, what do you mean exactly?

    • peeveryan says:

      Um, I think I needed something nice to say to provide some balance and that popped in to my head

      • jimbo says:

        Yes, but just assuming for a moment that you may be dealing with a semantic pendant with nothing else better to do than highlight other people’s typos (which isn’t the case, I can honestly assure you!) and then indulging said pedant by reading the phrase back again, isn’t it the case that there’s actually one word too many? Or am I going potty?

      • peeveryan says:

        It’s possible, grammar isn’t my strong suit. I also didn’t think anyone would be reading this so I probably didn’t give it the proper proofing it deserved.

  30. Jenera says:

    I have always viewed reality shows as a way to feel a bit better about my life-as terrible as that sounds. i have been sucked into some of the worst of the worse shows and would never admit some I have watched. But it’s like a wreck you can’t look away from and you think to yourself, “At least MY life isn’t like THAT.”

    But I do agree I miss the sitcoms from back in the day.

  31. A great blog posting with equally great insight to our times. One of the most popular pages on my own WordPress site says something to the effect, “I Don’t Do Facebook.” I must prefer dealing with my own real reality each day. Additionally, actual voice and physical contact with others is one of my own personal joys in life.

  32. Last summer, I did NOT renew our cable subscription, nor did I sign up to any dish or other TV provider. Fortunately, my son is still too little to be a match for “BMM” (= Big Mean Mama). However, even just with an internet connection, it is easy to waste great amounts of time. One has to be ever-vigilant. But with the internet, at least, I can better choose with what I want to waste otherwise needed time.
    I, too, am happy that I could grow up at another time.
    Great blog!

  33. Great Post – Well Said. It is like that commercial where the girl is in her room with her online relationships and her parents are out there living life, like mountain biking. Congrats on being FP!

  34. kleeyaro says:

    I agree with you and your fellow bloggers who have commented. Reality shows are trash. Besides, they’re not even real. These shows are produced a certain way to create the most drama and conflict. It’s manipulated reality.

  35. sallystoma says:

    How interesting! I was recently discussing the idea of an escape with my family. I came to the conclusion that every person on this planet has a method of escapism. Be it a reality TV show, Facebook, a glass of wine, a shakesperian novel, religion, mozart…anything! In most cases a person just needs to switch off and focus on something else for a while. I’ve recently spent a long time on hospital and I found writing my blog was my form of escapism. Your post is very thought provoking. Why do people feel the need to escape? Hmmm, very interesting, thank you! – Roisin.

  36. milkyminx says:

    Social networking can be positive when it helps you find employment or donate a kidney, and other such things; but it is also a time-waster, or more mildly, a distraction when we seek it. It can even make snooping feel like legitimate daily activity — no less than talking to your neighbour (except you don’t have to think of polite conversation, you just browse in the shadows). Now that’s power, especially for someone feeling powerless. 🙂
    Good luck with the children — they seem to love social media most, so you’ll have your work cut out for you.//mm

  37. Dev says:

    What you said is true. We are trying to escape reality. I hope we could escape from social networking sites. But it seems its too late. The only way is to adapt to it. At least we can survive at the cost of our own culture.

  38. millodello says:

    At the moment our society can afford reality shows. We have it pretty good comparitively with the mid-recent past. There isn’t a lot of famine, pestilence and death going around locally in great quantity at the moment. Even herpes seems to be vanquished. If true hard-times reality itself actually sets in again sometime in the future rest assured that we will be totally prepared to ignore it.

  39. c0achdesigns says:

    Reality TV shows were designed for audiences to be hooked at it. Some of them are really enjoyable to watch specially the Master Chef kids edition, though you’re a cook yourself or don’t really do cooking, you’re just excited what would the recipe of the day be.
    Social networking sites however really obscure in some way, specially, to the growth of a child. Physical social interactions really has more benefits than just chatting online. When I would have my own sons & daughters, I’d definitely not home-school them.

    Hopefully I made sense on my comment! Cheers!

  40. As far as escapism goes I would say that reality TV and Facebook are right up there with booze and drugs. I had a lot of fun with both as a teenager but at least I was outside and actually interacting with other teenagers. Some of my best memories are of fresh air mingled with marijuana smoke on a school night, engaging in real life conversation laying in the wet grass with a good friend.
    Kids today are really missing out on quality teenage mischievousness.

  41. Great post, and I’m right there with you.. what’s so fun about watching other people’s “reality”? In a world where people would rather text instead of call, drive-thru to avoid as much human contact as possible at a restaurant, and go to automatic teller machines instead of bank tellers! We’re turning into I don’t know what.. haha

    Edwin

  42. Justathought says:

    I find it amusing that the subject of this blog is reality shows and to some degree social media by extension and here we are participating in pretend conversation with strangers with whom we may make no other connection. Isn’t that pretty much what a reality show’s structure is?

    • peeveryan says:

      I see your point, and don’t disagree. However, much like dichotomy of reality TV (the somewhat educational kind vs. the trashy kind), social media has its good and bad. I’d put WP in the former.

  43. askfortrevor says:

    I always thought of television as an escape from reality. So it seems silly to me for people to tune in to watch actors pretend to do things, that they could just do in real life. I agree, people were given the right to choose their reality, and it doesn’t make much sense to just sit there and let someone pick it for you. Of course people have the choice to follow or lead and its everyone’s job to respect peoples individuality, even if that is conformity. Thanks for the point of view!

  44. Petra Kidd says:

    I often think about people far off into the future and how this period of history will be viewed. Embarrassing hey? After initially watching some reality TV shows, in time I switched them off. I also switched off soaps. In fact apart from films and occasional drama, I gave up on TV.

    As for social media, well I can’t switch off from that. I’m doing it now by leaving a comment here. Social media brought me a whole circle of friends I now see regularly in real life. Last year we raised money for charity (doing same this year) and enjoyed loads of events together socially.

    Also social media has been good for business and promoting my Ebooks/writing. Without it I would never have been able to reach so many customers and readers without a sizeable budget. Used responsibly social media is a brilliant thing. It keeps me in touch with faraway family & friends in a very convenient way. I can see the pitfalls and avoid them as best I can.

    While we live in strange times we also live in privileged ones. It’s up to us what we make them..

  45. I never found the behaviour of the playground much of a spectator sport – more something to be avoided. But I can remember classmates who enjoyed watching and egging on this 2 yr old type behaviour. There is a difference between being uninhibited and free and being just crass. Like most of the comments posted, I don’t see much point in any of the media reporting/exhibiting any of the stuff and the only reason I could possibly put forward is pure laziness and an inability to create/hazard something themselves that may or may not be new and possibly may be built out of something that might have been done before. Programme producers, publishers, journalists etc can get the current stuff more or less for ‘free’ and with minimal effort. We are apparently fighting to take part (?!)

    Let the people talk???? Yes that would be nice if they actually listened to each other, considered an answer and tried to put it forward to the best of their ability. Many folk could have a lot they might like to share/compare/produce, but to resort to reflex behaviour because it’s what comes naturally does not make a programme of interest or any point – unless it’s a wild life show 😉 Thanks for the posting – most enjoyable.

  46. I really enjoyed this post. I’ve never thought about ‘reality t.v. and magazines’ like that before. It has certainly changed my perspective!

  47. I agree! We are mixing a dangerous concoction with all this new technology. It essentially creates a life where we do less and think less.
    We will become less.

  48. Even i do like Reality and more of that illusions of Hollywood….really such a nice read….

  49. Ryan says:

    What a great piece. I completely agree with you on some levels on how media consumes most parts of our reality and how our precious time is spent on absorbing so much useless information! Congrats on being freshly pressed!

  50. worldnewsflash says:

    reality shows for me are interesting. because it shows the real side of a person. i love watching shows like this one.

  51. jenyphero says:

    I agree with you about reality television, but only partially about Facebook and social media. Yes, I, too, hate scrolling through nonsensical posts with cute animals or who needs what in yet another “ville”, but I do enjoy being able to connect with all my friends. Facebook has helped me to keep my sanity since moving 1300 miles away from everyone who I know and loved, and has allowed me to meet new friends in my new home that I never would’ve met without social media. And what about Word Press? Isn’t this also a form of social media? Look how many people you have reading your words. Would they ever be heard if social media did not exist?

    • peeveryan says:

      That’s a great point about the social media aspect to WordPress. Like the other posts, I wrote this and put it up on WP thinking it wouldn’t be ready by anyone. I think elements of social media are definite signals of progression, but sometimes that low hanging fruit of cats plaing the keyboard is too much to resist.

  52. nice job from your side really like this

  53. Aravind says:

    And the irony is that,at the end of your article,there’s a fb share!:D

  54. Marti Parham says:

    Great post. Love the name of your blog!

  55. luckyosagie says:

    I guess the truth is that the modern world lacks true collective social life. No thanks to individualistic life style the invention of the TV and modern work style have brought. I do acknowledge the good of the TV and the benefits of modern mode of work but we cannot deny the fact that they, among many other things, have restricted and separated us for too long that to remain human, we now seek a sort of communal life through ICT.

  56. ravensmarch says:

    “Without question, we are confusing this demise of our culture as evolution.” There’s nothing that says it can’t be both. Evolution produces deeply-inbred cheetahs, pandas that can only eat certain bamboos, and eyeless cave creatures; it’s not necessarily about improvment, just amendment.

    That quibble aside, I’m right along side you in this. Famous for being rich through being famous is such a blantantly ouroborous state of affairs, and it’s already feeding on itself to such an extent that our only hope is they’ll run out of self-referencing cross-pollinations (I await “Real Housewives of Celebrity Survivor Apprentices Washing Up on the Cake Boss’s Jersey Shore”), and to devote hours of one’s day to pondering these folks is a sad abdication of the potential each human is born with.

  57. Great post, and truly worthy of the FP honor! I think that our preoccupation with knowing intimate details about everyone — from celebrities to casual Facebook acquaintances — has led to this false and dangerous pseudo-connection with other human beings. What ever happened to getting to know people “organically,” by just doing things together? Stalking people online is highly addictive but a tremendous time suck that robs you of doing things that are more rewarding long-term. Thanks for the inspiration.

  58. Not unlike religion, Reality TV (and let’s not forget that includes Football) is the new opiate of the masses. A distracted and complacent populace is easy to control.

  59. eyeonwales says:

    Our apologies, Wales hosted one of the first such shows: ‘Surviving the Iron Age’, car crash reality tv at its worse, at the dawn on such shows, sorry everyone, so sorry…

  60. I’m with ya on this. I’m guilty of being one of those who would check facebook every couple hours and did my fair share of stalking but I finally got to sick of reading about what people who I used to go to high school with (and haven’t talk to since) are doing daily that 2 weeks ago I completely stopped using facebook cold turkey. And you know what? Surprisingly, I don’t miss it. AT. ALL.
    Great post!

  61. James says:

    “I would like to personally not thank Mark Zuckerberg for creating a website that made stalking a perfectly acceptable social norm. ”

    Thank you and amen! The real problem with this is that we are teaching an entire generation to depersonalize one another and to not have any connection with the outdoors. I guess some conspiracy theorists would say this is being done by design. No matter the cause, it’s damned depressing that this kind of nutritionless crap is the information diet we’re feeding to our kids and to ourselves.

  62. Ed Murrow would be proud.

    It’s a little ironic that this topic is tackled on a blog though.

  63. kalyan1161 says:

    Thats a very good one..insightful..

    Though not on reality TV, I recently happened to write something on similar lines in my Blog about News Channels.

    http://bullishonlife.wordpress.com/

    Cheers

  64. Vannie says:

    Ah, yes. What is reality? To quote, ironically, an escapist film:

    Tyler Durden: People do it everyday, they talk to themselves… they see themselves as they’d like to be, they don’t have the courage you have, to just run with it. -Fight Club

  65. Joey Seidel says:

    There are some interesting points in time in this article but I don’t know if I see all of them center to heart. There is some validity but I will take hold opinion until I look into it further. Good article , thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

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