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Sep. 3rd, 2002

"about face boot camp" counselors.
Have you seen these people?
I made the mistake of leaving the tv on and Jenny Jones came on. I didn't realize that Jenny Jones was still on the air. OH but it is. And it's gotten more like Jerry Springer, less like Ricky Lake, and I have to wonder what the fuck is wrong with Jenny Jones that she keeps on with this swill. She was a stand up comedian once upon a time. And though she really wasn't funny and her main claim to fame was the height of her hair (think Rhonda Sheer from *UP* all night, but without the tits), when she started her show she actually seemed to care, and to want it all calm and to help people.

I wonder if she's finally just snapped and decided that all humanity is a cesspit, you might as well make a buck off it while you can or if she honestly thinks that this is harmless entertainment for us and *help* for these people. I mean... there is a guy who comes on for the sole purpose of standing on the stage and insulting people. The audience loves him. Becuase, hell, what is it besides FUNNY when a chick has had 4 kids, all by different fathers, and she's arguing which of *3* guys the father of the 5th kid might be. Or when there are more than enough chicks in the same situation to choose from that they never have a problem filling a show.
I don't think I really have to rant about the content. We all know the content.

The thing that trips me out is the "about face boot camp" counselors. These are guys with severe military builds (and sometimes uniforms) who come out and scream at the guests (usually 'out of control teens'), drill seargent style. They're from a boot camp where you can send your kids. Where they will treat them like they're... well... in boot camp.
Nevermind that these places are very often the subject of investigations into severe abuse toward the kids sent there. Nevermind that the "counselors" are usually ex-bouncers, ex-cons... anyone who's burly and willing to scream at and degrade kids.
These are a good thing?
How are these good things?

My father was a great proponent of the "fear = respect" method. Trust me when I tell you that it's utter bullshit. It doesn't work. Fear just equals fear.
So it's really damned silly to me to watch Jenny Jones and see them have these overgrown, overly muscled parodies of manliness stand and scream nose to nose with a 12 year old and pretend that that will "scare them straight." Partly becuase, these kids are really not *that* bad and if any of their parents would ever just have a conversation with them or set a rule it wouldn't be an issue at all; And partly because if they *are* that bad, they'll bullshit it while on the show and then go home and go right back to how they were.

I dunno.. I'm just baffled that *this* is now where we're at. With television, entertainment, our kids... bleh.

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greyyguy
Sep. 3rd, 2002 10:11 am (UTC)
I was never a fan of daytime talk shows, but it seems that all of them have gone for sensationalism rather then helping people because it is easier and cheaper. Hiring a fee big people to yell at troubled kids is simple, cheap, and it gives the audience a spectacle. Much easier then getting the kid to open up about their problems, and cheaper then hiring an expert that the audience would be impressed with to dig the info out of a kid.

Besides, it gives people the happy thought that any problem can be solved nice and simple. Just shout at troubled kids. Fear is a lot easier then respect. Cheaper too. People want to hear that there is a simple cheap solution that doesn't involve talking about problems.

I like Springer in that at least he in honest in pulling out freaky situations. No real pretense at wanting to help the guests, unless it is helping them find out what wife swapping would be like, or something similar.
maddening
Sep. 3rd, 2002 11:04 am (UTC)
I realized the other day that the reality tv shows and reality game shows and the daytime tv 'talk shows' and such are all just different forms of the sort of Running Man type game show that pops up in all sorts of futuristic sci-fi movies.

We're there, dude. It's weird... but I think it's true. We're really close to that and it's damned freaky.
greyyguy
Sep. 3rd, 2002 12:12 pm (UTC)
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We are pretty close. When they decide to allow televised executions like a few shows tried to do in the 90's, then we will be there. As it is, that is the only part missing on tv. We have the trials, inteviews in prison, and everything else.

I can't say I've liked any of the reality tv shows. If I want reality, I'll turn off the tv and find my own. Too bad more people don't feel that way.
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