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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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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?
| Reponses: There are 49 responses posted to this question.
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| Honesty Meets "reality" ||Apr 23rd. at 12:00:48 pm UTC|
|Dave (NW Pa.) ||Age: 36 - Email |
First off, let me say that I do watch "Survivor." I find it funny how many of my fellow Americans do not know the first thing about basic human survival. But I don't think I would be a good contestant on "Survivor." First, I'm not one of the beautiful people (not that being pretty or handsome is bad) . Second, I do have survival skills, so living out under the stars would be more of a vacation than "slow torture." Lastly, I'm too honest, the producers don't want honest, they want back-stabbing, lying, and cheating; it makes for better TV, I guess. Learn the woods-skills on your own, read a book, then get out there, you'll enjoy it a whole lot more.
| Not My Brand Of Unreality ||Apr 23rd. at 12:21:00 pm UTC|
|Starwalker (Down East, NC) ||Age: 54 - Email |
yes, I know what some of these so-called "reality" shows are about. No I don't watch them... no interest at all. And no I wouldn't make a good contestant, not the least of which is because money is NOT a prime motivation factor for me. Besides being staged, edited, and slanted toward the slease factor, the realities I have lived are every bit as challenging and would fell the average person just about as fast as they fall on these shows, but with a lot less excietment. How about getting out of an abusive relationship and in the process deliberately making yourself homeless, with $20 to your name and no job... raising 5 kids "beyond the sidewalks" with no electricity, indoor plumbing, TV, etc. just for starters.. I've also "lived" "the X- Files", a low-budget soap opera.. etc... who needs TV???
| Uh, Ew ||Apr 23rd. at 2:30:29 pm UTC|
|Amber Heathen (Cornelius Oregon) ||Age: 22 - Email |
The closest I get to even watching reality tv shows is Trading Spaces LOL...I've even taken a liking to What Not To Wear (it's mean, but funny at the same time) . I won't watch the Which Nasty Gold-digging Skank Wants To Fearfully Marry Joe Millionaire The Bachelor type shows. Better ways to waste my time.
I think I would kick a** if I ever went on Trading Spaces though, but I doubt I could ever talk the hubby into signing up.
Hmmm...Surprise By Design....hmmm...
| No Matter How You Film It, ||Apr 23rd. at 3:15:27 pm UTC|
|Bonny (Cache, Ok.) ||Age: 23 - Email |
or what you're filming, anything broadcast to thousands of other viewers is no longer real. It's not the "real YOU" anymore.
I personally don't watch much television. But I was dating a guy that LOVED Joe Millionaire, and I was forced to watch a few episodes. Honestly, it made me sick for several different reasons, far too many to list in fact. I was actually embarassed for the people that participated.
But who knows? Maybe it will wake up a few people out there and show them exactly how SHALLOW our society has become. Perhaps it will usher a change!
I mean, ... "Married by America"?!!! Are you SERIOUS? It's just shameful.
| Who Knows... ||Apr 23rd. at 3:22:38 pm UTC|
|Remy (Orange County, CA) ||Age: 28 - Email |
I was going to immediately answer no... then I changed my answer to yes... now I don't know...
There's the piece of me that would love to do it because I wouldn't take it seriously and I'd probably do things just for laffs... But then doing stupid things tend to get ratings.. (And here I used to complain about TV that consisted of home movies of children hitting parents in the groin with plastic baseball bats) ...
But then I'd probably be on and stare at the camera.. get all paranoid that America hated me.. develop several ulcers and break down on national TV...
Again good ratings most likely.. but not how I would like to live my 15 minutes....
| Surreal TV ||Apr 23rd. at 6:48:30 pm UTC|
|Stormshadow (Leesville/Ft.Polk) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I HATE reality TV shows. From the fools who eat worms on Survivor (which I hope they take to Antartica next) to the off-key whiners of American Idol, I HATE them. I hate them so much, that I'd probably be perfect for being on one (although I'd probably send death threats to the person who made an offer to me) . As far as a Pagan reality show...well, it'd probably be closer to reality than the surreal "reality" TV shows there are now days. I doubt it'd work, because there wouldn't be enough conflict...now, if u stuck a Pagan, a Satanist, a Muslim, a Buddist, a Catholic, and A Christian together, Now THAT would bring in a few ratings. You could give it some corny name, and wait for the ratings to start running up.
| Reality.... HA ||Apr 23rd. at 8:14:25 pm UTC|
Ok about reality shows... they suck in general... they really do the people can't sing, dance, and definently wouldn't survive if they didn't feed them off screne- I agree with Stomshadow I hate them.
But a pagan reality show would be more of a complex kind of entertainment. Not so much as throwing together a mix as leaving a small coven in the middle of a redneck town... that would be funny... satire a must :)
| Reality Where ||Apr 24th. at 9:53:30 am UTC|
|sloopz (Scotland) ||Age: 17 - Email |
I dont know how people can class the reality they just put a bunhc of things on a good series wich has more reality than survivor etc is The Royal family.
They are more real than any survivor u have to agree with the others there shoul be a programme with different faiths beliefs etc in a room and see who wins ( i know i would jump ayt the chance to go into that room to make people realise we arent what they think)
| Boring... ||Apr 24th. at 11:17:53 am UTC|
|Silver Raven (Jo Marriott) (Nottingham, England) ||Age: 21 - Email - Web|
I don't think I'd be a very interesting contestant - I like my own space too much so I'd just end up boring everyone silly or sitting quietly in the corner.
These kind of shows are getting boring now. I have to admit that I enjoy to watch 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!', simply to see how well-known stars cope in a totally alien environment. I odn't know how they do it - I'd go to pieces! Although, the chance to live so close to nature for a fortnight would be fantastic... ;o)
Like everything in life - reality shows are the trend at the moment, so there's too much of it. A bit of moderation would be good, then it might be fun!
| Reality, What Reality. If That Kind Of Reality Existed.... ||Apr 24th. at 11:23:16 am UTC|
|RafenCat (Parsonsfield, Maine) ||Age: 33 - Email |
I'm a firm believer that anyone will do anything for money. And herein lies my opinion. I hate reality t.v. because there is no reality to it. I watched one episode of survivor for 5 minutes and shut it off. What a bunch of hooey. If it was reality, they wouldn't have nice places to sleep, they'd have to hack and forage for food and shelter. I think that the survivor in that situation would be a stronger person over all. My husband would add an addendum to this and say the survivor would have to survive on the island with no help from the outside world and build a boat to get off it. As for American Idol, never watched it and could care less. Talent lies in so many other places and unless you need to have someone berate you on national t.v to make yourself feel better, I believe there is a deeper problem here..The sad thing is lots of people tune in weekly to see what's going to happen next and that fuels the fire.
If there was a Pagan reality show, I think it would have to fall along the lines of the National Geographic show Taboo. Think about it, we are not the greatest of accepted people in the world. And while fear and criticism seem to fall high up on the list of how Pagans are viewed by others, the reality is that we exist, we do what we do and soemtimes strength in numbers doesn't apply. And life in of itself is a reality show when you look at it that way.
| Guess I'll Go Eat Worms ||Apr 24th. at 4:39:13 pm UTC|
|Laurie (Key West, Florida) ||Age: 38 - Email |
The crap on TV now is for those who have nothing in their lives that they find interesting. It's sad to know that while so many people are becoming brain washed the " government " is voting our social security and medical care right out of reality. We need to pay attention to what is going on here & now !
And just for the record, I won 5 bucks when I was 10 years old for eating a worm...
| -snort- That Would Be Amusing. ||Apr 24th. at 6:22:28 pm UTC|
|Entropy Aurelius (Ann Arbor Michigan) ||Age: 23 - Email |
I'd eat crickets. They'd probably have to be live ones, because it's no fun for the audience unless they're still wriggling :) Hey, if it's good enough for aboriginal cultures, it's good enough for me. You'd be surprised what you can keep down just as long as you ignore the taste.
I'm fairly out there, and yeah, I'd so some of that nutty stuff just for cash. Oh yeah. Heck, I'd look at it as a new experience and something fun, with the added benefit that some schmuck's actually -paying- me to do it!
I think Survivor's kinda funny, but yeah, I'd do it. I'd rather it go on a point-based system rather than an elimination, because at least that way you can have the fun of doing all the neat stuff :) Jerry Springer's all acting and such, that's far too easy for me. Not enough challenge.
I don't really watch TV much anymore myself, so of course I don't really watch 'reality shows' either. I do find myself chuckling over Survivor and shows like that though. Sometimes I wonder how those people can be so insanely amusing and blockheaded. I find myself going 'Duh, people, do -this-!' (I'm a rather vocal TV-watcher.)
*LAUGHS* A pagan reality show ... boy would the fundies get a burr in their shorts ...
Lemme think ... A sort of treasure hunt around a certain spot for items to use for elemental correspondences ... on the spot reenactments of various stories from a certain mythos... heck, I dunno, I can't think straight from laughing too hard! =^.^=
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