Monday, June 04, 2007

Blogger in Coma to Escape from 'Reality'

There's more grim news of the baleful effects of 'reality' TV - petrol on the flames of my weekend rant mode. But, first, I should note Nige's comment on that post. He points out that British 'reality' shows are much nastier than American ones. This is true. There's always some redemptive aspects to the US show; over here we prefer to humiliate and destroy our carefully selected inadequates. And, remember, when the Americans wanted nastiness, they imported Simon Cowell. Being incredibly old, I remember the days when we thought we had 'the best television in the world' and we laughed at the low life absurdities in American TV. Another time, another time. (Actually, I'm not old; that was about two years ago.) Anyway, the grim news is that Caryn Mandabach, writing in the Guardian, says that 'reality' shows - 'Thanks, Britain!' - are helping destroy character-based comedy. So, instead of Frasier, Seinfeld, Cheers, Scrubs, Taxi, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm and many others, we're going to get US versions of our own junk. These comedies of character are among the best television ever made and the 'reality' shows are among the worst. Time for a coma, I think.

5 comments:

  1. That coma link comes up with a perfect coma colour - deep retinal purple - before the story appears. Once in a while, the medium is indeed the message.

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  2. This gives me an excellent idea for a reality show based around a coma victim...

    Though on second thoughts, is this perhaps too much like Big Brother?

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  3. Bill Hicks offered a much-needed angle on all the shiney happy mainstream culture.

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  4. River of DeceitJune 04, 2007 11:16 pm

    You're right. American comedy is far funnier. How can a country that doesn't get irony produce The Simpsons?
    In fact every comedy show i like is American. I've also come to the heretical conclusion that Faulty Towers is seriously overrated comedy.

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