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Reality TV fast becoming a blood sport
News With Views ^ | June 11, 2009 | Ellen Makkai

Posted on 06/14/2009 5:01:33 PM PDT by ellenbrewster

If Reality TV degenerates at its current pace, families will soon tune in to a trendy new show, “You Bet Your Life.” But it won’t be a Groucho Marx game show re-run. Over TV dinners we’ll be watching some poor soul competitively killed--not a digitized cartoon, mind you, but gladiator-style and for real.

We 21st Century sophisticates fancy ourselves more civilized than the Roman hoards who packed arenas and roared their approval with every bloody collapse. But today’s Reality TV revenues disagree. The more perverse the program, the higher the viewership.

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TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Religion; Society; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bloodlust; death; depravity; realitytv

1 posted on 06/14/2009 5:01:34 PM PDT by ellenbrewster
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To: ellenbrewster

This was not only inevitable, it has been the ultimate purpose all along.


2 posted on 06/14/2009 5:02:35 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: ellenbrewster

This was not only inevitable, it has been the ultimate purpose all along.


3 posted on 06/14/2009 5:02:35 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on it's own.)
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To: ellenbrewster

Well, we already have our version of Caligula.


4 posted on 06/14/2009 5:02:37 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: ellenbrewster

Reminds me of “The Running Man” with Richard Dawson and Awnold the govna of Kali for nia


5 posted on 06/14/2009 5:03:20 PM PDT by Conservative4Life (Those who don't learn from the past are condemned to repeat it)
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To: ellenbrewster

6 posted on 06/14/2009 5:04:05 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: ellenbrewster

so much for enlightenment.


7 posted on 06/14/2009 5:04:29 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Fraternities are the street gangs of Privileged White Boys.)
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To: Conservative4Life

LOL — great minds and all that...


8 posted on 06/14/2009 5:04:43 PM PDT by freedumb2003 (Communism comes to America: 1/20/2009. Keep your powder dry, folks. Sic semper tyrannis)
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To: Conservative4Life

No kidding, I’d forgotten that wretched (great!) movie.


9 posted on 06/14/2009 5:05:06 PM PDT by ellenbrewster
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To: Conservative4Life

I heard that one of the contestants on the next Survivor died after one of the competitions. He won’t be the ultimate survivor this time around.


10 posted on 06/14/2009 5:07:49 PM PDT by NCC-1701 (ON 1-19-09 GAS WAS, ON AVERAGE IN MEMPHIS, $1.43 A GALLON.)
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To: ellenbrewster

I read once that reality TV will eventually descend into two people playing Russian roulette for $1 million. We’re moving ever closer to that reality.


11 posted on 06/14/2009 5:08:35 PM PDT by VA_Gentleman (The tree of liberty needs to be refreshed...)
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To: ellenbrewster

Another one was “Survivng the Game” with iced T


12 posted on 06/14/2009 5:11:00 PM PDT by Conservative4Life (Those who don't learn from the past are condemned to repeat it)
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To: ellenbrewster

Rollerball


13 posted on 06/14/2009 5:18:05 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore

Raquel Welch?


14 posted on 06/14/2009 5:20:47 PM PDT by ellenbrewster
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To: NCC-1701; agarrett; AJMaXx; A knight without armor; alisasny; Anitius Severinus Boethius; Artist; ..
I run the Survivor ping list and I hadn't heard of that, so I looked it up. That was a contestant on the Bulgarian version of Survivor. Not the American version.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31036263

For the ping list, just so you don't hear any wild rumors.

15 posted on 06/14/2009 5:22:05 PM PDT by JillValentine (Being a feminist is all about being a victim. Being an armed woman is all about not being a victim.)
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To: JillValentine; ellenbrewster
Reality TV fast becoming a blood sport

Well, as they say in England, "Bloody good show, mate!"

16 posted on 06/14/2009 5:28:49 PM PDT by EveningStar
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To: Conservative4Life

Ya ain’t seen nothin’ ‘til you’ve seen “Hunter’s Blood”....B-Bob Thornton’s first movie.


17 posted on 06/14/2009 5:39:10 PM PDT by gundog
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To: ellenbrewster

Reality tv doesn’t interest me. These people know they’re being taped. I’m guessing that the show’s producers/directors are calling for these people to be uninhibited and really cut loose. The more outrageous their attitude and behavior the more sheeple will tune in to watch them. The higher the ratings and the longer they stay on tv. That seems artificial when it’s suppose to be reality.


18 posted on 06/14/2009 5:39:48 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: ellenbrewster

The rules of the game kept getting worse, despite increases in attention and money, and, at the same time, important information, such as the complete history of the thirteenth century was accidentally getting “lost forever” by “The Supercomputer”-the only thing that had all information on all issues.


19 posted on 06/14/2009 5:43:34 PM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (Conservatives obey the rules. Leftists cheat. Who probably has the political advantage?)
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To: ellenbrewster

How about barak goes out in to the heartland and has to get a real job. Lots of crickets chirping.


20 posted on 06/14/2009 5:47:56 PM PDT by Texas resident (Texan by birth and by choice.)
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To: ellenbrewster

Yes, and I knew this was coming all along. There is already a movie in the works about this (even though it was done 20+ years ago already with RUNNING MAN-and better).

This society will be as bad as in “the days of Noah”-I don’t know what this means completely but this debauchery seems long on its’ way toward that..


21 posted on 06/14/2009 6:01:08 PM PDT by JSDude1 (DHS, FBI, FEMA, etc have been bad little boys. They need to be spanked and sent to timeout!)
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To: ellenbrewster

22 posted on 06/14/2009 6:07:31 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch
OOPS! Meant to post this.


23 posted on 06/14/2009 6:09:34 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Bratch

24 posted on 06/14/2009 6:24:14 PM PDT by Lesforlife
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To: ellenbrewster

Our country is morphing into the Modern days of Nero/Rome and throwing the Christians to the Lions for entertainment.


25 posted on 06/14/2009 6:24:36 PM PDT by Global2010 (Noli Perturbati)
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To: Bratch

Don't forget “The Running Man”

Ben: Killian, I'll be back.
Damon: Only in a re-run.

26 posted on 06/14/2009 6:28:05 PM PDT by BP2 (I think, therefore I'm a conservative)
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To: ellenbrewster
I noticed you had the words "News With Views" posted here & I thought it was from Pastor Chuck Baldwin's website.

I wondered what was going on, 'cuz for some idiotic reason, the FR Powers-That-Be wouldn't permit my attempting to post an article from there. Could it possibly be that NWV is too conservative for FR?

27 posted on 06/14/2009 6:49:26 PM PDT by ChrisInAR (The Tenth Amendment is still the Supreme Law of the Land, folks -- start enforcing it for a CHANGE!)
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To: ellenbrewster
Show me an idiot who watches any reality show whatsoever, and I'll show you a pathological loser I would never want to deal with under any circumstances.
28 posted on 06/14/2009 6:56:39 PM PDT by Publius6961 (Change is not a plan; Hope is not a strategy.)
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To: Publius6961

Oh dear, I confess I watched one or two, maybe three (at least as much as I could stomach) in prep for the op-ed. Don’t kick me to the curb just yet!


29 posted on 06/14/2009 7:02:34 PM PDT by ellenbrewster
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To: Conservative4Life
Running Man was my first thought, too!
30 posted on 06/14/2009 9:45:35 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: ellenbrewster
Back in 1990, Dave Barry wrote a column and joked about creating a show called Eat Bugs for Money. Reality TV passed that several years ago on a show, I can't recall the name, but they had people do stuff like tightrope walk and eat disgusting stuff. half the contestants were men and half women.

Anyway, here's a list of all the reality TV shows.

31 posted on 06/14/2009 9:58:58 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: Richard Kimball

Fear Factor.


32 posted on 06/15/2009 5:01:50 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (I can spell just fine, thanks, it's my typing that sucks.)
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To: Publius6961
Show me an idiot who watches any reality show whatsoever, and I'll show you a pathological loser I would never want to deal with under any circumstances.

Depends on which "reality" show one watches. For example, "The Amazing Race" is really a very fine and well done show.

33 posted on 06/15/2009 12:53:58 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (Please God Save The United States From The Democrats, and Barack Hussein Obama. Amen.)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

That’s it! I watched it a couple of times, and could have seen myself doing anything on there except eating the stuff. The other things were like “How much guts do you have?” The food eating stuff was like “How much will you degrade yourself?”


34 posted on 06/15/2009 1:57:38 PM PDT by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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