*Latest Lines from Vegas

*its not about the tights

*Not up to it

*Think before you take

*For Doris

*The moment

*Token Single Friend

*Angel and Demon


*Hairspray and Bailing Wire

1. I ask you to do one effing thing
2. Did you?
3. The socks betray him
4. There will be none of that
5. Leave notes in his shirt pocket
6. Trained in the gentle art
7. Put me in coach
8. Our species may, in fact, survive
9.Swarm Swarm
10.During the wooing
11.BUT not private enough
12.The bottomless appetite
13.The first time we forget
14.This is a nice litmus test
15.To get the ball rolling
16.She invited you back to her place for coffee
17.Mary Magdalene or Eva Braun
18.It will only smell and make you queasy

   Friday, April 29, 2005

required to "confront"

Yeah, art may imitate life
But life imitates t.v.
-Ani Difranco, Superhero

I am in the middle of reading
Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs : A Low Culture Manifesto by Chuck Klosterman (thanks Dan The Ink Man). It is really a great read. The collection of essays talks about recent pop culture and the impact on our modern lives. Thought provoking and funny as hell.

One of the essays deals with Real World's changing of how we act and present ourselves. The show casts people as stereotypes to create "real" conflict. Because the show has been running for so long, each cast now falls into the trap of making conflicts and acting a certain way to capture valuable post-editing camera time. They've all seen previous seasons and know what behavior makes it to the screen.

He contends that the show has changed people. More and more MTV heads have begun acting as one-dimensional characters. "We need to confront him/her about her behavior" has become part of our language because of the show. Has life begun to imitate TV?

Do you catch yourself categorizing others as a past cast member (he is so Puck)? Do you find people seeking simplistic conflict as if they are on the show?

I've noticed a change. Outbursts and grandstanding are more common in public. People create a scene more often now as if they were on camera. In the airport, on queue at the grocery store... I've seen the shift.

I've noticed more drama within social circles that center on personalities. I've noticed more people feel the need to "confront" others on their behavior. What ever happened to just talking to someone? What ever happened to just IGNORING someone and not validating their behavior? Are we now required to "confront"?

For my long-time readers, Miss Child is a product of the Real World Generation. If she is not defining herself in simple stereotypes to you (because we are too stupid to do the casting ourselves) she is creating conflict based on childish outbursts.

What does this all really mean? It means I am turning 33 next month and I am an old fart. Not only am I too old for MTV... I becoming too old for VH1.

(kids these days, when I was young....)

You can shoot me now.

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At 4:26 PM, Blogger courtney elizabeth said...

I find my brain to die when I watched that stuff, but it is was so delicious at the time. By the way, BANG BANG!

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Steve said...

Real World isn't that big over here (UK), but Big Brother is huge and you can apply exactly the same discussion to it.

Each year, the producers seem to try and turn up the heat, to the point that last year there was an all-out riot in the house.

The people they pick are such extreme characters and yes, I have noticed people inherit mannerisms and personality elements from the housemates.

I hadn't considered that these shows are making people more antagonistic in public, but thinking about it, you make a pretty good point.

I wonder how we will all end up?

At 9:56 PM, Blogger lil_jon said...

amazing book...and truthfully in my experience i think confrontation helps many people to cope, in comparison to the tradition of talking behind the backs of others, but i don't agree with it publically...and sad enough i do characterize people, not so much from those tv shows but from plays i have been in...guilty here

At 10:42 PM, Blogger WordWhiz said...

I'm older than you, so lay off the old fart stuff kid!

At 3:05 AM, Blogger Amanda said...

the novelty wore off of the real world. if i want to see barely legal, drunken idiots, i'll go back to college. whatever happened to showing videos on mtv?

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