July 29th, 2009
|05:38 pm - Disturbing Cultural Trends|
Reality TV just keeps getting weirder. I just saw a mention of a truly disturbing new show called The Colony.
"The Colony is a controlled experiment to see exactly what it would take to survive and rebuild under these circumstances. For 10 weeks, a group of 10 volunteers, whose backgrounds and expertise represent a cross-section of modern society, are isolated in an urban environment outside Los Angeles and tasked with creating a livable society. If the laws were a bit different, I'm certain we'd be seeing shows like those mentioned in various 1970s Robert Silverberg stories, which would be much like this, but with the actual possibility of death and serious harm to the contestants. I find lots of reality TV to be deeply disturbing (including every RT show involving dating and relationships), but this is creepy on a whole different level.
With no electricity from the grid, no running water and no communication with the outside world, all the volunteers have to work with are their skills and whatever tools and supplies they can scavenge from their surroundings."
There's some excellent TV on these days, In Plain Sight is one of the two or three best shows that I've every seen (and perhaps the absolute best), and is especially impressive wrt gender issues. Burn Notice is almost as good with gender issues, and both it and to a (slightly) lesser extent Leverage are lots of fun and generally well done fluff, and unlike many shows that I really like, all three are very popular and in no danger of being cancelled. However, there's a whole lot more TV out there, from shows that I watch briefly and am repelled by either the stupid or the vast amounts of misogyny &/or racism (or in some cases all of the above), and then there's the vast array of increasingly scary reality TV. These days, it feels like TV is the Culture War writ large.
Current Mood: discontent
The first thing I think of is: Yuck!!!! How do the producers keep the cast from all getting massive GI problems from germs and lack of sanitation? Would they call a halt to the show at that point and restart once the cast is well?
I refuse to ever go to a Rainbow Gathering because they have no plumbing at all. Why would these people volunteer for this show? They must be certifiable.
|Date:||July 30th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)|| |
I try and fail to come up with a witticism about amoebic dysentary. But, yeah.
|Date:||July 30th, 2009 11:00 am (UTC)|| |
I'm not sure why you'd find it that disturbing - the thought of being one of the contestants in the 'experiment' actually sounds pretty cool, if only I had any kind of useful skills for such an environment. In fact, it reminds me of a more drawn-out, televised version of some of the more intensive LARPs I've heard of.