Losing touch with reality (television)

Like many other conscientious objectors/non-viewers, I believe the concept of reality television contradicts itself. If a video camera is present, most of us tend to become self-conscious, self-absorbed, self-centered and/or self-acclaimed. We become actors. Our actions aren’t real and in extreme cases we may temporarily lose touch with reality.

That certainly seems to be the case with Richard Heene.  Balloon boy’s  father craved the attention of 24-hour television cameras to the extreme that he seems to have sacrificed his own scientific sense and may even have jeopardized his son’s mental well being.

Heene’s attorney, David Lane, made the rounds with interviewers this week, arguing that handcuffing the Heenes in front of television cameras would be too traumatic for the children to see. Isn’t this considerably more ironic than the examples in a certain Alanis Morissette song?

I’ve even heard a few entertainment analysts suggest that Heene’s alleged hoax ultimately could be successful, and that many people eventually will be interested in a reality show that features Heene and his family. That would be repulsive, just like most of reality television.

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~ by dbozmedia on October 20, 2009.

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