I promise this isn’t a rant on people who watch TV. I promise! Really it’s more of a rant on reality TV which seems to have taken over our TVs.
A month or so ago a co-worker was talking to me about a show on TLC about addiction. It’s called Strange Addictions…or something like that. What had her all worked up was a person who drank their own urine. Apparently they have quite a collection of strange addictions that they showcase. It’s TV shows like these that make me so happy to be a big reader.
I don’t watch much TV. I will occasionally watch a show and there are a few that I watch religiously. It really concerns me that as a nation we have shows like The Bachelor, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Strange Addictions, Hoarders, the list goes on and on really. I personally cannot watch these shows. Really it comes down to two categories: shows that make you feel better about yourself and shows that make you wish it were you on TV. Maybe I’m missing something and these shows do have merit. I’ll admit I’ve never watched most of them. Shows like The Bachelor and Keeping Up with Kardashians make me wonder why people want fame so bad. There is almost nothing in these shows that make you look good on film. In fact the participants in these two shows are almost never talked about in a good way.
I have actually seen Hoarders. I think I could only stomach the first three episodes. I have never seen Strange Addictions. I think shows like this start out with the intent of informing others about diseases that make others behave the way they do (or even just regular everyday people). In the end it becomes something of a train wreck and you can’t take your eyes away from the carnage.
Reality TV is extremely popular but also extremely distorted and I don’t know that much of it is “real.” It started out with some really good shows but any more if you do anything that a pinch of unnecessary drama can be added to you can have a show. It’s at times like these that make me so glad that I’m a reader. Books take you somewhere new, often have morals, characters you can really get behind and have so much more value to them. They don’t require electricity and you don’t have to keep a schedule. Books are easy. They are also extremely more valuable (to me anyway)! I’ll remember a book much longer than I will a TV episode.
To wrap things up on a happier note, there are TV shows that I do like! I love The Big Bang Theory, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and America’s Got Talent. I will watch Family Guy on Netflix.