image source: The Verve Life
One of my biggest pet hates has to be Reality TV.
I hate the vacuousness of it, both in the contestants, the largely pointless premise the shows are based around, and the fact that people swallow up the dreck they serve hook, line and sinker.
Winners of the contests are chewed up and spat out by the industry machine. Literally, people become celebrities here today, and then they're gone tomorrow. It's depressing.
Allan Wills, over at The Verve Life summed it up beautifully when he says:
"...it’s a scam being perpetrated right in front of me, and the victims are both the participants and the viewers."Reality TV has been around for years to some degree. However we have seen a major proliferation of shows with all kinds of noble but poorly executed ideas proliferate in the 21st century.
"...It’s hoodwinking on a global scale."
At the turn of the century, Reality TV seemed to be revolving around the talk show circuit in the US, where the freaks and trailer trash of the world paraded their dirty laundry on air to millions of people. It's like watching a car crash - it's awful, but compelling enough that you can't look away. And Jerry Springer and Oprah Winfrey were/still are the king and queen of the format.
The song below, written by a great indie musician from Boston named Monty Smith, who goes by the name of Brick Pig, wrote this great slag-off to vacuous celebrity culture back in 2001 as part of a competition known as Songfight. The song is called "Secrets" and it is probably more relevant today than it ever was. In just under 90 seconds he articulates rather cleverly the hatred I feel for this type of television, and as it's such a great song, I wish to share it with you.