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Posted: Nov. 17, 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?
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| I'd Be Terrible... ||Apr 28th. at 5:55:55 am EDT|
|Rebecca (Colorado) ||Age: 31 - Email |
heheheh, one of 2 things would happen...
1) They'd be putting me in with their 'normal' contestants - and I'd be too busy being my usual dry and sarcastic self amsuing myself -probably laughing more at myself for being on the show with the likes of what you see on Jerry Springer, and trying to avoid saying something that would make the KKK fundamentalist brother-sister-transvestite married couple hunt me down after the show
2) It would be a show involving spiders, eating something that I'm not used to eating (thats probably alive) ...or worse yet, eating SPIDERS *SHUDDERS* - and then I'd be too freaked out to be sarcastic and cynical....I'd already be dead of a heart attack...
a pagan reality show? hmmm....well, since everyones version of reality is different - I suppose we could do a sort of 'The Real World' meets 'Fear Factor'...we could get about 5-8 pagans all living in a house together and tape everything; add the 'fear factor' in if half the people in the house arent pagans but rather fundamentalists....
has bizarre mental picture of older fat fundie walking out into the back garden and stumbling over an altar with several skyclad around it, fundie shrieks, whips out vial of 'holy water' and yells out "the power of christ compels you! Begone evil teletubb...err whoops EVIL ONES!" The pagan splashed rolls around for a second or 3, yelling out 'It burns! It Burns!' He/She stops, looks and the others, grins, says 'made ya look/fooled ya/not really/ what was my head spinning AGAIN/etc' and walks off giggling with the other pagans....
'course, it might actually be a more interesting show if all the people involved have IQs over 100, and are at least a little bit open minded...ppl who can HANDLE a good debate without reaching for the closest heavy blunt object...
| Concerning Me... ||Apr 28th. at 5:51:15 am EDT|
|elf (england) ||Age: 23 - Email |
What concerns me about reality TV shows is that they are being introduced to the populatation simply to get us all used to being observed. We should beware that we don't all end up in the Big Brother house permanently. I also notice that the type of people usually selected for these shows are generally shallow and self-obsessed.
I would be terrible in this sort of environment because I would not play the game and I would generally see it for the bull**** that is is. Thats why I don't get on well with jobs.
| To Seven ||Apr 26th. at 9:46:05 pm EDT|
|Carcharias (Australia) ||Age: 19 - Email |
They have a phobia, they're not wimps. Just because they might be tethered and know they won't die doesn't make it any less scary, it makes it worse because its humiliating to have everyone saying "but you're perfectly safe". Thats not the issue. I am terrified of heights, i can't even go to the second storey of my own house unless i absolutely have to, and even then i have to come back down sitting on my butt! lol. And of one my friends has a bird phobia, seriously he is terrified of bird. Phobias might not make sense to you if you don't know what its like, but trust me, its not pleasant.
| Pagan Version Of Reality Show ||Apr 26th. at 7:27:41 am EDT|
|mariaan (u.k) ||Age: 20 - Email |
well well what a great topic. there is so many people out there not knowing who they are and if not knowing who you are how can you say that you are a pagan or wiccan. so i would create a reality show for those who are stuck in the middle to help them out. my reality show would be about getting to know the true you the inner you. so all that i will sugest is a short seminar then unleasing them to the show with tasks to do like: finding elements to use in nature for a specified spell and and then have a blair witch project prank pulled to see who uses their initiative for casting away evil spirits and bringing on peace if you cant complete a spell, well weekest link good-bey. they would find themselves very quickly indeed
| Fear Factor Is For Wimps! ||Apr 25th. at 10:56:29 pm EDT|
|seven (Ohio) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I think that the producers of fear factor spefically get people who are afraid of their own shadow! I watched an episode of it a while back when it first premiered, and there were people in a pit with non-poisonous snakes, shaking like leaves in autumn! What were they so afraid of? That seems to me to be a really easy way to earn a couple grand. The people sitting in the pit were perfectly aware that the snakes were non-poisonous, (which half of us weren't always so sure about the ones we played with in the woods when we were kids:) there was another one where I thought the contestants were being scardy-cats, they had to shimmy out on a flag pole, somewhere like 20 stories up on a skyscraper, but they were securely tethered to the pole. They couldn't have fallen off that building if they wanted to, yet, the contestants once agian were completely freaking out. I think they're all a bunch of wimps, the only thing that is bad on that show, is the stuff they eat.
| Reality Vs Unreality ||Apr 25th. at 6:39:23 pm EDT|
|Becca (Kent, WA) ||Age: 21 - Email |
I actually like this round of survivor, don't know why but I do. Maybe its because this group of people they have in the Amazon realize that it has little to do with surviving in nature as much as it has to do with surviving your peers. I hope Christy wins, it would wow a lot of people. (Christy is deaf) .
I also enjoy watching American Idol. I have a background in Music and theater, I know just how cruel auditions and cattle calls can be. I enjoy watching each performer and then discussing with my family the merits of each performance, we could care less what the judges say. We each vote once for who we think is the best of the group. (Except for last week where we all voted for Carmen because Randy was such a d*ck to her.)
Another show that we watched was called Castaway, not the Tom Hanks movie but the show on BBC America. They haven't done another season of it and we were kind of disappointed. The show was based on the idea of survivor but instead of winning a million dollars the idea was to build a self sufficant community on a tiny island just off the coast of scotland. They did have problems because they brought in complete families. And the Doctor and his Wife felt they had the right to special treatment and the producers gave it to them. Other than that it was an interesting watch. I see a Pagan reality show along those same lines ie building a community. However it should be set in a warmer climate, I think Northern New Mexico would be perfect because it offers a nice range of climates suitable for raising crops and animals. It also offers stawbale and adobe building materials. Another improvement to the Castaway format would be an age cut off for the youngest member of a family.
Well I'm done Rambling now...
| Like A Train Wreck ||Apr 25th. at 5:32:01 pm EDT|
|Tuesday (MN) ||Age: 29 - Email |
I confess, I watched Joe Millionaire- only to see if that poor dolt picked the evil money grubbing she devil over the sweet girl next door... shocking... who knew? *shrugs*
I watched Mr. Personality- just to see if my theory was correct. Its like cyber dating, just hands on. *yawn*
Me? On a relaity show? Only if I could be on World's Scariest places or soemthing like that. I'd do that. Of course I wouldn't scream and run around like an idiot. I'd probably just find a comfortable spot and hang out and wait for something to happen..okay, I'd run off to the pub with whoever had the coolest accent and watch from some remote location while other people ran around and screamed like idiots..hehe
Pagan reality tv...we'd have to go live out on a big secluded nature preserve, build mud huts and have lots of bonfires.. see who can build the best natural percusiion instruments, who's the grooviest dancer, loudest singer and most resonating chanter.. see who can go out on a vision quest and come back with the most profound insights? I don't know, it'd be like survivor but as a team with no one getting eliminated...everyone growing. I'd like to see a relaity like that anyway, everyone working together and growing..
| It's A Matter Of Taste..... ||Apr 25th. at 8:48:31 am EDT|
|Siara (Annapolis, MD, USA) ||Age: 43 - Email |
If the television producers decide the public wants to watch a middle-aged woman lounging around in overalls, petting her dogs and reading arcane books-- I'm their lady'
| My Opinion About Reality Shows And Idea About A Pagan Show ||Apr 25th. at 3:09:35 am EDT|
|Katya (Santa Maria, CA) ||Age: 24 - Email |
I am not very fond of most reality shows; "Fear factor", for example, seems to just show how much people can put up with for money, - up to dying from the experience; Jerry Springer for me is "how low can you go" - people get humiliated for money and actually don't mind it. I like the idea of "Survivor" - making it in the wild, without any help of modern civilization.
If I had a reality show for Pagans, it would consist of 2 parts: theoretical and practical. Theoretical would be a test of knowledge - on religions, pagan traditions, myths (Greek, Roman, Celtic e.t.c, magickal qualities of objects..
I would offer different prizes for different stages of the game, - from consolation prize to 1st; from "Witches almanac" magazine to gift certificate for the magickal shops to year's supply of Dragon's Blood (example) .
2nd part of the show would be for the winners of the 1st part on application of their knowledge: take them to the house/place where people say "strange things are happening" (but real PEOPLE, not some public source) and have them investigate the situation.
| Not Me ||Apr 24th. at 7:05:46 pm EDT|
I would be a terrible reality show contestant because I don't like playing mind games or doing gross things. Plus, I'm not "TV pretty, " so the people who like reality shows wouldn't want to watch me be boring. I would be a bust for any network.
I have watched one reality show, only because it had a funny concept, but all in all I think they are just fad and pop. I would rather be out with friends or watch a movie or play a video game.
Sure, there are a lot of problems in the world that are more important, but in the long run sometimes you just have to chill out and let some stress out. I think that is what draws people to reality shows. They are so silly that it takes people's minds off of their fears and worries for an hour, and in a year or two the same thing will be true of something new. The mass populous needs something, and right now this is it. My theory is, if it makes you happy even for a little while to watch people be idiots for money, then, hey, whatever. Life was meant to be enjoyed, right?
| -snort- That Would Be Amusing. ||Apr 24th. at 6:22:28 pm EDT|
|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! =^.^=
| Guess I'll Go Eat Worms ||Apr 24th. at 4:39:13 pm EDT|
|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...
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