Reality TV shows truly are the bane of our modern society. Have we as modern, mostly boring, humans reached the dÃÂ©nouement of our glorious civilization where we are now voyeuristically watching other pathetic humans going on about their daily lives? The fact that wastes like “K-Fed” and other social leeches now have their own shows because they were hanger-ons to a more famous and just as uninteresting celebrity is truly mind-boggling. It is also disturbing that people kill themselves slowly by watching these shows, and they do not even know it.
If I have to hear another dispute from the baby machine Kate Gosselin and her annoying soon-to-be-ex-husband, I fear I will have to commit Seppuku for lack of another alternative. The first time I saw my mother watching Jon and Kate’s reality show, I thought to myself, “If Hollywood deems Jon and Kate’s family life good enough for TV, why don’t they come and film my daily bathroom routine? It’s interesting enough with my shower, shave and flexing in front of my mirror.”
It seems that our society has lost the willpower to resist the various, mind-numbing reality TV shows that flood the airwaves these days. This decay of our minds is the result of the ever-decreasing quality of TV shows that Hollywood produces. We are no longer forced to think introspectively about what we are watching. We are now mindless zombies, drooling at the mouth like dogs.
More importantly, I think the United States government and especially the CIA should replace waterboarding and other special interrogation tactics with reruns of fine, American reality TV shows. The Taliban and other hostile forces would surely give up any pertinent information if they know they will have to watch a loop of “Jon and Kate Plus Eight” or the infamous and just as brain-cell killing show “The Hills.” Reality TV as torture will put waterboarding and other “wussy” interrogation tactics to shame. Reality TV shows are legitimate torture, and waterboarding is child’s play in comparison.
Instead of occupying Iraq, we need to send our armed forces to occupy the studio sets in Hollywood, to force them to produce legitimate TV shows instead of the mindless drivel that is currently clogging up the airwaves and destroying our society and our youth’s brains.
Danny Peters is a junior psychology major from Fort Worth.