I decided to start another thread as the other one became one of personal attacks. This is about TV shows.
I recall an incident years ago on a locally produced fishing show that run on KOAM yv for a few years in the early '60's. "Gone fishing" with Harold Ensley. It aired on Sunday evening for 30 minutes. Typical format, Harold would Narrate his adventures of fishing on local lakes in the Ozark area. We would see him fishing, esplaining his gear and lures or bait then see him reel in the fish.
My roommate in college came back from a weekend explaining that he had caught a great fish during the weekend and that Ensley was there also but had bad luck so he had come over and bought my friens fish. The next week or so there on TV was Harold Ensley explaining in detail how he had caught ths great fish. My friends fish. Actually saw him pull this fish in out of the lake. So creating and producing a show takes precedence over being truthful.
The TV show is no more accurate than the ads that support the show. When we see this person complaining about a back ache and that Alleve relieves her pain. Do we actually believe this. Of course not. So why should we believe that in the program "storage wars" that these people are really bidding on these units not knowing what's in them or two guys "stranded" in afrika in a survival situation are really in danger from lion attack. Of course not. The camera crew and production team would discourage any such apconcern.
Pawn stars are not really buying that object the "customer" brings in.
I don't watch the Duck Dynasty but what ever they do is scripted to some degree, without doubt.
There are 10 kinds of people. Those that understand binary and those that don't.
What Kate said. It's all EN-TER-TAIN-MENT, Dave. A profit center. A revenue stream. Period. The descriptor "Reality Show" is just a way to differentiate such programming from categories like drama, news, comedy, documentary, etc.
Reality is what happens in real time and in meatspace. The moment you capture anything on film, tape, canvas, digital media, or even your own memory, it becomes a copy. No longer the original, and therefore no longer real.
Do yourself a favor and stop looking for reality — or even truth, for that matter — in any of this crap. I guarantee you better sleep and probably more enjoyment while watching.
One of the FUNNIEST Things I'd ever seen ((ONCE)) was "Sarah Palin's ALASKA" ("A-lass-kar" )
SOME Genie-Arse thought it was a GREAT IDEA to Sell Sista' Sarah to the Voting Public via a "REALITY SHOW" LOLOLOLOL
Ooopsey... Easy to see Why They NEED-TO-BE SCRIPTED!
There was "Mamma 'Grisly'" ... running from one... (See Sarah run. RUN, SARAH, RUN!)
..or MRS. Al-ass-kar ..roped between two guys, slipping 'n' sliding all over a REAL Life GLACIER... The two guys desperately trying to prevent her from slipping down a crevasse LOL (Opps she's down again!)
Or MS. Todd Palin helpfully fumbling a REAL Salmon tossed to her on shore (who knew they were REALLY That BIG??) as it slammed into her chest and sent her sprawling in the mud. ("CUT!!!" )
_________________________ . "...or am I a butterfly dreaming she's a woman?"
Yes, I think most of us, if not all, realize these shows are scripted and fake. Some really go overboard though.. with little reality attached to them. That's what my thread was supposed to be about... some regular guys pretending to be total rednecks to the extent of wearing fake beards and putting on "disguises".. or whatever you would call it. . (whether that's true or not is anyones guess).
You can tell when the answers are so canned and prepared. Pawn Stars uses items that were actually brought into other stores. Like a rare gun... who would bring a valuable item into a pawn shop? These items are brought into local stores which have struck a deal for the owner of the item to bring it into Pawn Stars shop and then pretend to have to call "an expert". The expert gets his company name mentioned periodically and his mug on tv.
Yes.. they are fake.
When you watch Storage Wars.. how come the best items are always hidden in the back? And also usually covered with a tarp.
And so on....
But hey... That's entertainment!
I don't have an issue with some scripting and guidance of the show.. it has to have continuity and be kept interesting... but not to the point where the main characters are caricatures of themselves. Heck, then I'd rather just watch All in the Family reruns.
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