Friday, May 06, 2005

Reality News

Today you'll see the "newly" fired man from the Apprentice work the morning show circuit, as though something important just happened. A news program can align itself with programming schedules, and can hold a spot for whoever gets dupmed, though the punchline of the story is an irrelevant secret for the purpose of the report. That in mind, is it really news? Well, it is now. In cases like Survivor and the Apprentice, we're not even seeing staged events that just happened, but staged events that just aired. How about reporting on the next episode of King of the Hill? What, not real enough? Okay, what about the Osbournes' next episode? Different, right? Because this was a staged reality competition, and perhaps people don't want to believe that they are just watching a show. As long as it they can pass it for news, news programs will be happy to oblige with the illusion.

Maybe American Idol is a legitimate sport now and not just a television production. Its prominent news coverage seems to mimic that of pro sports playoffs these days. There is one small exception, however: without the TV program, the event could not possibly exist. I recognize that non-news television programming on occassion can have a significant impact on our society, though usually due to controversial statements they may make, beit tactically or accidentally. However, is each episode of American Idol such an occasion? For that matter, is the anticipated, day-to-day content of any television show worthy of extensive coverage?

Unfortunately, news defines our reality due to its wide influence on society. The thinly veiled message in reporting on a manufactured reality is this: sometimes one man's reality is simpy another man's commercial production.


Blogger Lenslinger said...

Excellent insight, JD. Keep pumping out thoughful epistles as this, and you'll ruin your group's reputation as a mere bastion of buffoonery. I'm impressed.

5/07/2005 8:56 AM  

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