Volume 96, Issue 16
Wednesday, September 25, 2002

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Round table discussion:
Reality TV bites!

By Megan O'Toole, Maggie Wrobel, Dale Wyatt
Gazette Staff

Ladies and gentlemen, it is once again time for an A&E round table discussion. This week's topic is the current wave of reality television.


DALE: I don't know why, but it's kind of addictive. Shows like The Osbournes and Temptation Island are contagious. They let you watch ignorance and stupidity. Why is that so appealing to me?

MEGAN: Probably because... nah, too easy. Actually, I don't know why reality shows are such a big thing these days; I honestly don't understand the appeal. Especially with shit like Big Brother, where the highlight is watching one of the guys brush his teeth.

MAGGIE: I really don't have much to say here because I never watch TV, but there do seem to be an awful lot of reality shows these days.

DALE: I am completely sick of Survivor. With all the money they've made, why are they still only giving the winners $1 million? They should make it 10. Then the contestants would go crazy and do anything.

MEGAN: I wish Survivor had never been invented. Look at all the new crap it has spawned. I mean, it was sort of cool at first, but now it's just overkill. The market has become saturated with stupid shows like 30 Seconds to Fame. But don't get me started on that...

DALE: I want to see a reality show about rich, arrogant white men trying to survive living in a third world country. It would be awesome to watch reality kick them in the throat.

MAGGIE: I gotta give it to you Dale, that's a good one!

MEGAN: If I could design a reality show, I'd make one about the life of rock stars "behind the scenes." It would show you what really goes on backstage, how bands behave when there's no press around and stuff like that – that would be hilarious. Doubt it would ever fly, though.

MAGGIE: That's because reality is REALITY. Trying to contain it in a box the size of a TV will never, ever work. TV sucks and we can't control it, but we can control life, at least somewhat, so please just go live your life and turn off the damn idiot box! Please and thanks.

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