Corporate Social Negligence!

The malice channel : Reality TV

Posted in Reality TV, Saddam, slavoj zizek by clash on February 20, 2007

About 400 years ago Shakespeare told, “All’s well that ends well…Whate’er the course, the end is the renown.” Yes, Shilpa had it all good, She is the Indian Darling, who made some brown-skinned girls in Southall fell off the sofa. She will visit some trippy parties arranged by the deranged London Page 3 Circuit, if she was in India, she would have been invited to inaugurate some jewellery shops and may be some fans from Bihar would have arranged a feast for this commendable achievement. I have not seen Channel 4 to asses what she was doing in Big Brother, but i have seen Clips posted by writer aunties and have read some comments by Indian expats; who echoed the sentiments of racial slurs against her ( Talking about racism is absolutley unwarranted in this context, as we ourselves are these pious creatures with a covert sense of racism. Accounts of Africans that come to India to sudy will reveal this. Rather i think, we as a community is happy being the next best skin to whites and enjoy that status!) .If she was being mentally tortured in the T.V- Guantanamo, she could have walked out of the show/Game. She chose to be a part of this sick burgeoning Reality TV culture. She was so artificial and mirthless .This reminds me of a great line from a Simpsons episode when Bart and the gang are stranded in Tokyo and are attempting to win tickets home by becoming participants on the Happy Smile Super Challenge Family Wish Show. “American game shows reward intelligence,” they are told by show’s host, Wink. “In Japan, we punish ignorance.”

Reality TV is a new vicious spectacle in the offering. This is the part of a trend- an unending one, to transform and appropriate human senses to single quotient in life-competition. In realty TV we fight our daily life in the pretext of reality,as mimicking. we have started to mimic our life and cash in that. It reduces the mighty spectacle of life to a mere money minting one; live a life on TV and earn money. The most destructive element of reality TV is the exact duplication of daily life and appropriating it to a competition. As of now, there are lots who have lost in this competition and more in the offering. They are called the poor; they are ones who are supposedly entitled to watch this spectacle performed by the transgendered celebrities; the viewership of the poor push in the much needed money for the transgendered celebrity who wins this. Shilpa has been shrewd in accepting an offer like this; for she is the only successful actor from India, venturing in to a reality show.(Rakhi Sawant does not have much success; she has this small town brashness and silliness of a girl mired in the shite of glamour world – She is a/made a whore!). Capitalism and its inherent fallacies; needs this kind of degradation to push forward its ulterior motives. Then main implication- Competition which spewed by these reality shows; just make the ordinary person feel, that he can also earn money by winning a reality show. But it is ludicrous for 1 billion people to think so, but to get them thinking in this way is a commendable achievement. Aint it?

It is and that is the disaster in the offering. Like the human tendency of reducing a child to a mere miniature version of the adult, here we see a simplification of the spectacle called life, which essentially creates an illusion. Be it Big brother or Big boss, we have seen the putrefied section of the society – the famous and infamous celebrities, involving in ego centric fracas and supposedly falling in love over night ( Big boss – Aryan vaid and Anupama Verma). No one from the street of Bangalore will reach there, neither will they woo anyone over night. The possible seems to be the impossible. But this cliche involved with the disillusionment of the general crowd push these shows ahead.

Reality TV is of different kinds, if Big Boss and Big Brother had celebrities (??) for whom the miracle of success and fame has been zilch, there was super singer, Indian Idol, Mom swap (An American show), The Fair and Lovely Cricket reality show, I Want a Famous Face,The Swan ( These shows showcase various technics by which the face of a person can be modified to become more attractive. Sounds disastrous??) and Adventure reality shows. Abhijeet Sawant, who won the Indian Idol show in Sony television looked like a puny villager with camouflaged make up, while attending an award ceremony. He was made to say thanks to the minuscule celebrities who made him Abhijeet Sawant. Neither he nor the crowd realises, he is just the same old Abhijeet Sawant after a couple of flop albums. Abhijeet Sawant was the middle class hero for the crowd and a pawn for the celebrity crowd that adorned the award ceremony. His presence on the screen evoked a feeling that it was so obvious for him to thank all of them ,because he was at their mercy to be there. Yes, some will relish those moments, But no one with self respect will. I am not condemning Abhijeet, he hailed from a middle class family who was eager to see their son in the lime light. There are millions of families who share the same feeling and this is the very nerve that has been twisted to cash in.

What will be the effect of these shows? We dont have to ponder much, Saddam Hussein’s hanging video – the official and the unofficial,prompted around 100 children around the world mimicking this barbaric act and forcing themselves to death by mistake. In an era where TV is the quintessential entertainer of a family, these shows are bound to make a wider impact on the society. Children mimicking the adventurous acrobatics and the adults drooling for some fame, that supposedly could garner from these shows. Be it the quizzing or home arrest.

Series of searches on Internet for worthy articles on Reality Tv only came up with accounts of distorted souls addicted to Reality TV. This forced me to refine my search a little more. Reality TV + Zizek in Google.. Slavo Sizek is such a wonderful Philosopher with novel Ideas and lucid language to comprehend him. This google search did offer some astonishing results. Enjoying Reality TV , a stunning piece which takes the usual perspectives to a twist and put in front of us a malicious spectacle in the name of reality TV. So it is our gaze, a dish to re-kindle our “thirst” for commodities- keeping it alive and kicking and a lot more of malice. Now,what comes without malice? Rarely anything! (Please let me pacify myself!!)

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  1. Tohou Lidia said, on February 24, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Wow – great article! And thanks for all the excellent links 🙂 It actually took me ages to read becaue i kept clicking on the links and reading it all through. I totally agree that reality tv is a disgrace…but i would take it one step further and say all of television is a disgrace. I barely watch it anymore. Even things like the news and television journalism has gone down the drain. It’s a shame, because television is such a influential format. Why do they put so much rubbish on it when it could be used for so much better? It always comes down to making more money…which is evident in what you were saying about Shilpa. She used Big brother for fame and the organisers of Big Brother used her for higher ratings and more money.

    Great blog – it makes me think 🙂 I’m definately favouriting you 🙂
    -Amy

  2. Anonymous said, on February 26, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Smart Writing!
    I don’t know if you saw the title number of Cyrus Broacha before “The Week That Wasn’t”, it shows Cyrus tearing up a paper…and then going on to say, “News That Wasn’t…”

    Suddenly I thought of what Alfred Hitchcock said about TV:
    “Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.”

    Keep Writing! 🙂 and Thank Sources once in a while! 🙂

    Love,
    Dhanya

  3. Raghav said, on March 4, 2007 at 6:23 am

    we are the voyeur generation pal

  4. kvmurali32 said, on March 5, 2007 at 4:38 am

    nice one dude!
    I did not know much about reality TV until that incident where a kid was stuck in a tube well or something for over a day. TV cameras were sent down (along with food 🙂 and there were hourly reports. I remember seeing a debate “can reality TV be good/ useful?”. I hated the whole thing. Not sure why. I simply can not care that much or empathize with anyone stuck anywhere so many miles away and removed any possible action from my part. Its something that does not even remotely concern me. I was frightened that such random emotions and sentiments can be triggered by TV! We are loosing something quite rapidly. not sure what its called.

  5. rama said, on March 5, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Hullo, many thanks for your visit. I look forward to reading your posts.

    I too have long thought about and imagined the sea travels and travellers between India, Arab lands and China, through which besides commerce, the exchange of knowledge, words, sensibilities etc also happened.

    Best

    rama

  6. aruni kashyap said, on March 8, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    Thank you very much, for the sensitive comments as well as for introducing me with this blog.

    Very interesting posts and such apt critical remarks,I’m glad to come across this.

  7. Sakshi said, on March 15, 2007 at 1:56 pm

    Really good stuff.

    Could you pls email me…I needed to chat with about this post of yours.

    Thanks,
    Sakshi

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