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O Big Brother, Why For Art Thou?

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  • #31
    Ah, another year, another Big Brother (un)RealityTV fest. :x

    Just before the commercial break before the new series kicked off, the continuity announcer said: "Your summer starts here"! If the only thing we have to look forward to this summer is BB then I should warn you that you're going to be hearing a lot of crying from me over the next couple of months.

    I've resisted the temptation to even watch the first show (in the past I would sit there waiting for someone I could actually respect to appear on screen. Foolish, foolish Dee), but my sister and mother sat through Celebrity Love Island, and have now switched over to the BB launch.

    There's a new book out at the moment about how TV and computer games are actually making people smarter... the argument for shows like BB is that viewers learn about how humans from different backgrounds interact and deal with conflict... I'm not sure I agree, or disagree. I just know that (consistent with my previous posts in this dusty thread) I would much rather watch some well-crafted drama, than "real" people yelling at each other about cider and body parts.

    Again, my main complaint is that my sister and mother will now start talking to me about people I've never heard of, as if they were old family friends, and I will have to pretend to care. Gah! :x
    "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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    • #32
      Hmph .... The most galling aspect of the whole affair this year, is that the most sympathetic character from what I could see last night is a Tory Party political analyst, and even he reminds me of the sinister camp agent (is that right? it's a long time since I saw it) from Jarman's "Jubilee".

      The one hope is that the hairdresser who said he wants evryone to be miserable, and if possible die, will have smuggled in some weaponry. It may be my age, but when a graduate's main topic of conversation is the extent to which she can wear out vibrators (oh, pull the other one, dearie), then perhaps being locked in a house for 12 weeks is insufficient punishment.

      The suggestion from last year that they should be locked in the house without the camera switched on is beginning to look more and more sensible.
      \"Killing me won\'t bring back your apples!\"

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      • #33
        Originally posted by DeeCrowSeer
        Again, my main complaint is that my sister and mother will now start talking to me about people I've never heard of, as if they were old family friends, and I will have to pretend to care. Gah! :x
        A bit off topic, but...

        I live about 1400 miles from the rest of my family, but they often forget that I don't live just around the corner. They willl often talk to me, at great length, about people they think I know (and maybe did know, at some point), and I, too, have to pretend to care.

        At least you can tune in to figure out who concerns your mother and sister so much. Big Brother 7--Podunk, USA won't be on air any time soon for me to do the same. :)

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        • #34
          Doc wrote:
          I live about 1400 miles from the rest of my family,
          Heaven!! :) (sometimes anyway )
          \"Killing me won\'t bring back your apples!\"

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          • #35
            Originally posted by DeeCrowSeer
            There's a new book out at the moment about how TV and computer games are actually making people smarter... the argument for shows like BB is that viewers learn about how humans from different backgrounds interact and deal with conflict...
            Well, there goes my aspirations to intelligence. I watched BB for about 5 minutes once and it reminded me of the dentist's waiting room. So, no 'reality TV' for me! (Not until they invent Celebrity Gorefest that is.... :twisted: )
            \"...an ape reft of his tail, and grown rusty at climbing, who yet feels himself to be a symbol and the frail representative of Omnipotence in a place that is not home.\" James Branch Cabell

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            • #36
              Originally posted by zakt
              Doc wrote:
              I live about 1400 miles from the rest of my family,
              Heaven!! :) (sometimes anyway )
              Living closer would probably create more drama than Big Brother. It might make for interesting reality TV, though :lol:

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              • #37
                Well, looks like another summer spent NOT WATCHING TV...especially since Doctor Who finishes in three weeks time...sniff sniff.

                Anyway, I admit watching and LIKING the first series of Big Brother and found it to be an interesting experiment on human behaviour maskerading as TV Entertainment and exploitation, but all the subsequent series have all seemingly about spectacle and entertainment. It seems that to get in, you have to either

                Loud
                Arrogant
                Drink Problem
                Slut
                Weird in some way
                Gay/Lesbain/Transexual
                Self-loving

                If anyone needs me over the next few months, I'll be in my room, waiting for mankind to evolve.

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                • #38
                  Well, now Big Brother is over for another year, and I must admit that I'm a little upset. Not because I watched the programme (I didn't), but because my sister did, and that meant I had two hours of guaranteed access to the computer every day!

                  Now that's gone, and I'm adrift on an ocean of uncertainty.. sort of.

                  Roll on "Celebrity Jungle Tedium"!! :)
                  "That which does not kill us, makes us stranger." - Trevor Goodchild

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