The Ol' Librarian wrote:I agree. There are a bunch of shows that I do not understand how they get funding for production. I do not get it...the low mentality needed. The viewers lack of a real life of their own, I guess. So this is our culture and society ?
Because America is addicted to trainwrecks. We don't care about the fact that the people in these reality shows are oftentimes alcoholics, severely depressed, or just otherwise narcissists. We don't care about any of this because we love the "drama" of them melting down/blowing up on camera. We are so addicted to this that oftentimes the editors of these shows will take a completely innocent exchange between two people, clip it up, add some dramatic music and turn it into a grievous insult.
To see the ridiculousness of this, one really only has to look at Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares (UK): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gmzT1JezJ4
versus Kitchen Nightmares (US)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-gdCQuVWrGI
In the UK, it's more like a documentary. Gordon Ramsay is there to provide help to a struggling restaurant. Any upgrades that are done are paid for by the restaurant. There is a (mostly) cooperative atmosphere. In the US version, it's just about watching the trainwreck owners clash against Ramsay (who is there to help them) and the staff. Again, because it's all about the drama, EVERYTHING is edited to create the "story," regardless of whether there is one.
Which isn't to say that all American TV is bad. Scripted US entertainment remains (largely) the best in the world. It's just that our "reality" TV addiction just means that there's less and less of it all the time - it's cheap to produce and pulls in TONS of viewers.