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Question of the Week: 107 - 4/21/2003

Would You Be A Good ‘Reality Show’ Contestant?

Would you eat crickets for a hundred dollars? Sit in a tub of worms for a thousand? No way?

Reality shows just keep getting more popular. And more bizarre! Would you ever really consider doing some of those crazy stunts just for the cold hard cash?

Would you like to be on a show like ‘Survivor’? How about Jerry Springer?

‘Fess up now! Do YOU watch them? Which ones? Or do you experience quite enough reality in your own life, thank you very much!

If you could produce the Pagan version of a reality show, what would you have your Pagan contestants do?

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The Key To My Happiness Apr 21st. at 8:08:07 pm EDT

JadeLight (Pennsylvania, USA) Age: 46 - Email

Money can not buy happiness but it certainly could pay off my bills.

Even with that in mind, I would not do anything that is demeaning or possibly harmful to myself for any sum of money. Even if my bills were to be paid off, the money would not guarantee my happiness.

We live in a world in which, from the time we are adolescents, we are pressured to please other people. Our parents have certain expectations of us. Our friends would like us to do what they do. Our teachers would like us to get good grades, attend class, and behave. Even our siblings have certain expectations. The biggest one that my siblings had was just for me to stay out of their hair.

When we reach adulthood, we have the boss, spouse, and in-laws to please. Not to mention the creditors, law personnel, etc. Everybody wants us to please them. When do we get to do what we want to do?

Reality shows are just another way for a person to fit in. You please the judges or producers and you get paid. But what is acheived by the acquisition of that money? Indeed, I once read an article that stated that the average time that one is happy once they have acquired that which they want most is about 5 minutes. It is at that time that they begin to want something else.

So, why the big push for quick cash? I don't know. I have no desire to humiliate myself to acquire something that in the end will not promote my happiness. Happiness is found within.

You may have noticed that I started with the adolescent when I talked about people pressuring you to be someone you are not. That is because preadolescent children are often authentic. That is why adults have a difficult time tolerating them. They act funny at times, throw tantrums, and don't really mind that they may make fools of themselves in their play. Eventually, societal pressures force them to place that authenticity on the back burner and cave in to societal pressure. Ask yourself, 'When was I free to be me?' Most people will answer that it was when they were a child. And possibly now, since you now know the key to my happiness.


The Fatal Flaw Apr 21st. at 10:50:19 pm EDT

Anjie (North Dakota) Age: 20 - Email

No. I would do my best to mess the entire show up, just to be contrary. There's a reason my e-mail is TheFatalFlaw. *evil grin*

A Pagan Reality Show Hmmm Apr 21st. at 10:50:19 pm EDT

Gunshythirdeye (Anchorage, Alaska) Age: 49 - Email

Let's see, how would it go.....

The first reality show was that survivor one? It was moderately entertaining. But there was a lot of back stabbing and egos being thrown around and I don't know how that would go over with a bunch of Pagans, though I've seen more than my share of over enflated egos in the Pagan community. And what would be the goal, who ever is left is what? The top Pagan the grand poo ba? The biggest back stabber of them all I don't see it as very Paganlike or Wiccan like to plot and back stab others. For money? And being that Paganism has such a broad interpetation which would be another issue. I just don't know I don't care for the reality shows the one I dislike the most is "American Idol" Where there is a panel of big shots of the music scene "Judging" being judgemental and hurting others is not what I call entertainment.

We don't need a reality show for Pagans we create our own reality.

Eh... Apr 21st. at 11:49:41 pm EDT

Angel (Manteca California) Age: 13 - Email

Eh.. I don't really know about that. My life... I am boreing. I'm not an athletic person, and I'd rather spend most of my time alone in my room doing whatever. I also have that shy, kind of doormat personality, so I don't know if a reality tv show is really my kind of thing.

Reality? Ummmmm... Apr 22nd. at 12:16:50 am EDT

Woe Is Me (San Antonio, TX) Age: 24 - Email - Web

I think not. My reality does not involve eating wiggly things or marrying complete strangers. They shouldn't even be called reality shows, they should be called How Much is Your Dignity Worth shows. But I digress.

I admit that I watched the first season of Survivor and I kinda liked Joe Millionaire, but I am not a fan of the genre. In fact, I haven't even turned on my tv in a few weeks now except to watch videos.

Pagan Survivor...I can see it now. And I shiver in fear...

Nope! Apr 22nd. at 3:09:46 am EDT

Celticmoon (Oklahoma) Age: 53 - Email

Don't watch them...the commercials for them look ridiculous, so I wouldn't be a candidate. Have better things to do with my time.

Reality? Really! Apr 22nd. at 3:49:52 am EDT

The Sephiroth (Louisiana) Age: 31 - Email

I tell you what, I am so sick of these reality shows. Let's be realistic just for a second. My wife and I laugh threw the comercials all the time making the points of: There are no fat people, no short people, no handicap or mentally challenged people. Let's face it, we live in a world where sex sells. That is why you only see the bambi or Charles Atlas guys. I would not make the cut anyways, I'm 31, I have a gut, and I'm not all that much to look at anymore.

As for doing whatever for some amount of money, I'd have to say, I would take it from behind on the 50 yard line of the Super Bowl for 1 million dollars. My wife said she'd chear me on.

Enough Is Enough... Apr 22nd. at 5:29:02 am EDT

amy (southampton, england) Age: 22 - Email

"Or do you experience quite enough reality in your own life, thank you very much!"

That's my position totally. I enjoy watching documentaries but reality shows are ridiculous. They place a person in a false lab-style environment and see how they react. Shows like Big Brother, I would argue, are not even realistic because the people involved are not allowed any contact with the outside world, and are under 24-hour surveillance. This does not induce most people to act normally.

I don't mind a good dose of reality now and then but this pseudo-realism is absurd.

Bright Blessings

Um.. No Apr 22nd. at 5:29:34 am EDT

squib (oregon) Age: 33 - Email

ok first i haven't had a TV in 11 years, so i've really only watched bits of those shows anyway, at friends' houses, etc. It's easy to get caught up in them, for sure.

Would i want to be on one? Naw.. i'd rather be on some kind of game show like Jeopardy or Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. I mean, i'm in a band and i get to be on stage and act like an idiot and get paid for it, and there's not much better in life than THAT. And in talking to people, seems the average person would be terrified to even do THAT. But there's a limit to the idiocy, for me.

Reality Is In The Eyes Of The Beholder. Apr 22nd. at 5:49:49 am EDT

Kenn aka smartbehr (Sin Cty Las Vegas , NV) Age: 39 - Email - Web

I'm not into those type of programs.Or any of the other dating, marriage, belittleing Bull sh*t .I have better things to do in my life , Like being in the present moment and letting Mother/Father God guide me in having a more fulfilling experience in this life I have chosen.Moving past all anger from my past &and no fear of the future. I feel very impowered in the present where all the answers to all the questions I will ever need to ask are.And where I can help other in need. Blessed Be, smartbehr

Reality TV Apr 22nd. at 8:33:32 am EDT

Eclipse (Virginia) Age: 25 - Email

An oxymoron right up there with military intelligence.

No, I would never want to be part of a reality TV show. But I occasionally enjoy watching them in small doses. It's a nice reminder, if I'm feeling bad about myself, that there are a lot of people out there far sadder than me (what can I say--I have a shallow streak) .

I do have to confess, I watched Joe Millionare from start to finish. But only because I found out that an acquaintance of mine actually went to high school with the guy. And yes, in case you had any doubts, he really is not the brightest crayon in the box.

Gone Too Far Apr 22nd. at 9:50:44 am EDT

Ananke (:NYC) Age: 35 - Email

Yes, I believe the whole Reality TV "phenominon" has gone way the heck too far. It reminds me of the talk show craze of the mid to late 90s with Springer et al and their contrived, actor "guests". TV has its fads just like the fashion, literary and film world. This is just one of them.

I don't watch the shows where the idiots of either gender submit themselves to being "chosen" by some catch of a man or woman or where America gets to arrange their's pathetic and of course they'll almost all wind up divorced.....that is just a perfect example of how little people think of the institution of marriage and how unseriously they take making an oath or vow.

Anyway, moving onto the real topic, I have watched every installment of Survivor and I enjoy the show. We watched the first 2 Big Brothers, but didn't enjoy it as much. Reality TV is a misnomer if you ask me because these are very contrived situations they're putting these people in and a more competitive environment than reality normally contains on a daily basis. As far as the mean back-stabbing people being the only ones to make it on Survivor, that's simply not true. There have been several times where that type hasn't won the big money. One time a guy even set himself up to lose the big prize to another contestant when he had control over the situation, simply because they had made a promise to go there together.

Anyway, would I go on one of these shows? I MIGHT do Survivor if I got myself into tip top shape. But I very well might starve while there. I can't eat most of the stuff they wind up eating. And those eating challenges with the live bugs and worms and whatnot......that is a big GIANT NO DARN WAY! And as for shows like Fear Factor which make you layeth down with serpents and things like that.......NO NO NO NO NO. Not happening.....that's another misnamed program.....should be ICK factor...or perhaps "Let me show you how little I value my safety, life and reputation for CASH!".

I used to think Springer was funny for the occasional view when I was getting ready to go to work or out somewhere. But after awhile it got very old and contrived and repetitive.

As for a pagan reality wouldn't work. We'd never get enough pagans to agree to the rules for the game..not that we'd want to either. I'd like to see some open pagans participate in Survivor just to see how they'd fare...probably not much differently than anyone else. People are people. There ARE things I would to for a million dollars and there are many many more I WOULDN'T do......even for a billion.

Final judgement: I enjoy only Survivor....but if it were cancelled tomorrow, I probably wouldn't miss it all that much now. The time of Reality TV being as big as it is is almost here. YOu can always tell when the shows get more and more far-fetched and ridiculous. YMMV

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