Today's reality contestants may not technically be actors, but their top goal isn't to win a husband, find true love, or even land themselves $50 million. It's to be on television. That is what defines their value system. To draw any conclusions about what men or women are like from these programs is ridiculous--as is believing that contestants' anguished tears, shy smiles, or catty asides are anything other than part of a carefully contrived on-air persona.... But against all reason, there's something about the label "reality TV" that gives these freak shows resonance even with reasonably sane, intelligent people (not to mention most FOX devotees.) All of a sudden people begin to wonder if this really is what women crave deep down.Good point, although I think most people are able to recognize these situations for the contrivances they are.
Friday, January 24, 2003
The New Republic's Michelle Cottle is appalled by Joe Millionaire. She makes a good point that applies to all these shows: