Reality TV Needs To Go

Reality TV is by-and-large terrible. It’s misleading, edited for dramatic effect, and – in many cases – scripted. Which makes it FICTION by the way, not reality. We’re inundated with the same formula for these programs: shoot endless amounts of footage of people doing relatively mundane things, edit it in a sensational manner, and splice in interviews with cast members who recall their “feelings” during various situations. Stations like TLC, A&E, Discovery, History, and National Geographic used to be known for quality programming. Now they carry an endless parade of garbage like Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, Toddlers and Tiaras, Say Yes To The Dress, Most Dangerous Catch, America’s Next Top Model, Parking Wars, Extreme Makeover, Ice Road Truckers, Restaurant Stakeout, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, The Biggest Loser, Jersey Shore, Bachelor Pad, Storage Wars, American Chopper, Survivor, All American Gypsy, Big Brother, Breaking Amish, and on and on and on. These are all just Jerry Springer with higher production values. And at least you knew Jerry Springer was fake (at least I hope you did). 

Thoughts on Cost and Delivery of Media Content

Here’s what I want to see happen: I want to see North American governments stop trying to craft new copyright laws that cater to every special-interest group and end going to court over usage-based billing.  I want to see the problem turned on its head and a root-cause analysis conducted.  I want to see a subscription service where I can pay (for example) $50/month for the unlimited and unrestricted download of high-definition TV shows, movies, and music.  I want to see internet access fees and usage-based thresholds adjusted to fairly reflect the true total cost of service delivery.  Instead, I see time and money pissed away going after enabling sites like isoHunt.com, across-the-board increases in the cost of internet service delivery loosely justified as a response to “skyrocketing” bandwidth usage, and government energy wasted on fighting decisions that internet service providers can charge for usage over a certain threshold (last I checked that’s how capitalism worked, comrade).