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12:43 AM on 11/29/2009
Harry-----Actor, author, director, satirist, musician, radio host, playwright, multi-media artist and All American Icon---------ALL TRUE!
11:33 PM on 11/28/2009
To me the growing issues with much of what we call 'reality' programing reflects a number of issues of entertainment media. You have too many cable and broadcast networks, no longer do we have just ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, a Spanish channel and maybe 1-2 local stations. With advertiser desirable viewers spread out too thin, or on the internet, or due to work and family needs people not watching TV, then you need sensational programing to get and keep their attention. Then there is the need cheap programing to fill up the time that 'reality' programing seems to work for for all broadcasters.

Perhaps we need to put pressure on all advertisers, from major consumer product makers to the crap the late Billy Mays plugged, to not support such poor quality reality programs. If 1000's can complain about a breast flashing or a male perfomer suggesting male-male sex acts, then maybe those same 1000's and a many more could make a dent in the programing to shift it away from such junk.
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TXfemmom
Grandma with eye on the future
10:44 PM on 11/28/2009
Reality shows, and the lengths that some people will go to in order to get a place in them, should be discontinued. Please folks, stop watching the things. They encourage the bahavior of people to be even worse than normal and normal is bad enough.
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rextrek
50yr old, Moderate-liberal in S.NJ/Phila
10:55 PM on 11/28/2009
Abso-friggin-lutely Agree 110%
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BigMcLargeHuge
12:20 AM on 11/29/2009
Second
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08:42 PM on 11/28/2009
President Obama really has no safe place. The Republicans fuel dissent and hatred towards him every day. Sarah Palin , and Rush Limbaugh incite their followers to violence, Rush even mentions his death. People OPENLY wish someone would assassinate the President ! Nice Country ! Great people ! You have a guy like Mr. Obama, nice to the core, intelligent, honest and hardworking, a decent man, and he is attacked every day, every way in the Press. Shameful . These two Party Crashers should be arrested and put away for a good stretch. This is no joke. They not only put the President and his family at grave risk, and the Head of another Country, they have shown absolute disdain for the Law. To not punish them severely, would be utterly as Criminal as their behavior .
09:02 PM on 11/28/2009
At the very least, these two should be publicly shamed and shunned.
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shutterbabe
“We can't stop here, this is bat country!”
09:38 PM on 11/28/2009
But that is not the way it works. They will exceed their 15 minutes of fame, be given some kind of token legal punishment and glide back into their fabulous life.

This was a crime of huge proportion. The consequences could have been dire. The SS miserably failed their President- and our criminal system will falter once again in dealing with the Salahi's. That is the reality of our reality show.
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redsongia
is not Chicago
09:07 PM on 11/29/2009
They should be shunned and exiled, forced to wander the dirt roads of Canada covered in sack cloth and ash, wrenting their hair and gnashing their ridiculous capped teeth.
08:14 PM on 11/28/2009
Yes, we should encourage them to be out standing in their field: a South Dakota prairie in late January.
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lynjs
Tomorrow isn't promised...
06:04 PM on 11/28/2009
This is how many warnings? These shows should be banned from the air. They are not entertainment. This is merely legally snooping in someone's business. We got Jon and Kate plus 8 and their saga. The Ballon Boy and now The Tresspassers. Does someone have to get hurt before someone says enough?

Times are hard now. People are losing their jobs and liquidating their savings to survive. There are desparate people out there whom are out of work and will do anything, ANYTHING for a dollar.

Since 'reality shows' hit, they have destroyed some good television shows. My friends and I see no value in shows like these. We have enough of our own problems and don't feel the need to be bombarded with others. In short, we have enough of reality in reality. Please put these people in jail.
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Tallulah Morehead
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08:33 PM on 11/28/2009
Lynjs, you know, you instantly lose readers and support for your postilion the moment you write "The should be banned".

We have this little thing some of us are VERY fond of; it's called "The First Amendment." Whether or not you find these shows entertaining (and OBVIOUSLY many do, or they would not be proliferating), and whether or not many of it's "stars" are dangerous psychos (as OBVIOUSLY they are), we still have this freedom of expression thing here, and banning stuff is, well, just more Nazis burning books.

You don't like these shows, don't watch them. But your first response to a program you find abhorrent should be switching away, not using the First Amendment for toilet paper.

The shows are bad. "The "stars" are disgusting, but folks who advocate banning stuff are DANGEROUS.
08:57 PM on 11/28/2009
Ms. Morehead, I believe the word you may be searching for is "fascism". The presumptuous idea that something should be banned because someone finds it offensive is fascist, a person who governs everyone else with their own personal dictates. "I" don't like..." "I" think this..." "I" say that..." It's the old "If I were King of the Forest" syndrome. Everyone should be happy to follow my rules, ideas, thoughts, etc.
As much as I dislike stupid people and their actions Americans hold the First Amendment near and dear to us. Our government allows us to have "free will", the freedom to think, to say, to feel, to love, to BE what we want to be. Consequences? Sometimes. But if someone talks about "banning" something then I hope people will run far and fast from these types of people for they choose to take away our right to think and choose for ourselves. I don't need an essential right taken away from me because of a few idiots.
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TXfemmom
Grandma with eye on the future
10:46 PM on 11/28/2009
I think that people need to stop watching these things, and that will squelch the popularity and spread of these shows. They do not offer society anything of positive value, when we see off-balance individuals such as the Balloon Boy Parents, and now these people, commit risky, and even illegal things to win a spot.
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TOOO
Warning: Rabid Monty Python fan!
05:26 PM on 11/28/2009
I just realized an interesting (for lack of a better word) irony here. Yes, people should get out and have a life, talk to other people. The problem is: most people only want to talk about (you guessed it) what they saw on TV.

To further compound the irony, I'm reminded of an old Doctor Who episode (from the Colin Baker years) called "Vengeance on Varos." Their favorite show had been taken away from them, and the couple at the end of the story had no idea what to say to each other.
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Rockwell
Recovering Reagan republican. 26 years sober.
07:52 PM on 11/28/2009
How ironic that your insight came from a TV Show.
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Sarijj
Hello Sweetie
07:58 PM on 11/28/2009
LOL
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GeorgeBurnsWasRight
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08:33 PM on 11/28/2009
Wait until we develop the technology for interactive TV and can "become" the TV reality "stars". See Philip K. Dick's book, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, for one possible result.
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05:02 PM on 11/28/2009
Harry
I loved your commentary on Nightly Business Report.
As a huge fan of FDR I could not agree with you more.
I wish the producers of Nightly Business Report called
on such eloquence more often!!
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ZeMongoose
04:33 PM on 11/28/2009
I can't wait until the line is crossed. The sooner VH1 completes it's transition into the FOX Snuff Channel the better.
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Eykis
Odd realm of Purgatory I reside in with HPo~
04:40 PM on 11/28/2009
ZeGoose, ROFLMFAO, that is hilarious. Fanned.
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andvoodoo2
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05:31 PM on 11/28/2009
LMAO! Here's hoping you get some credit for the channel name!
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TAIsabel
Suffer no fools.
06:19 PM on 11/28/2009
Hi andvoodoo2! How's my beloved NOLA?
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04:10 PM on 11/28/2009
They still have their Facebook page up with pictures from the dinner. They're claiming that they were "cleared in advance by the White House".

http://www.facebook.com/#/album.php?aid=44873&id=1314104537&ref=nf
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04:03 PM on 11/28/2009
"Reality TV" is the holy grail of garden variety narcissists. People who have no particular talent that others are typically drawn to pay attention to, or any discipline to develop such a talent can have millions of people watch them anyway. I have a sister in law who has the reality TV mentality. She lives in LA and works behind the scenes in the entertainment business. When she got married, she managed to arrange to have a video crew shoot her wedding as a potential TV show. The bride and groom at a wedding are the focus of attention anyway, but that apparently wasn't enough. The whole thing was treated like a media event, not a wedding. Everything, including the guest list, was geared toward glamorizing the event and making it telegenic. It was all about the cameras. People left shaking their heads. To think that your wedding is something that should be prominently featured on television takes a special kind of self-absorption.

The folks who crashed the WH are apparently obsessed with the notion that they should be famous. They got their wish, but I doubt they were counting on the scorn and disgust that's accompanying their 15 minutes.
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GeorgeBurnsWasRight
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08:30 PM on 11/28/2009
My sympathy for/about your brother.
overcat
My micro-bio is so full, it's bursting at the seam
11:13 PM on 11/28/2009
Thanks, but it was my wife's sister.
03:39 PM on 11/28/2009
Real housewives of Washington don't own vineyards, play polo, or attend White House dinners. Reality TV is a way of producing dramas without those whiny script writers (even though they don't make much in comparison to the stars). If TV used to be written for viewers with an 8th grade education, reality TV is aimed at an audience that has maxed out at fourth grade.

As for this couple, they need a punishment that includes a permanent ban on appearing on reality shows so that prospective reality show participants know that extreme stunts could end rather than promote their careers.
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05:01 PM on 11/28/2009
These shows do employ writers. Non-union, of course. It is all pretty carefully scripted.
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MIvoter1231
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11:26 AM on 11/29/2009
Actually, I think it's Kindergarten they've maxed out at. At that age, potty humor and booger jokes seem to take top prize. Not much different from "reality TV". Poop jokes, anything involving "The Kardashians," they're essentially the same level of manure and it takes the same level of immaturity to enjoy either one of them. And neither of them are allowed in this house.

:) Doing what I can to raise the level of intelligence in television broadcasting, even if it only means in my household.
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TAIsabel
Suffer no fools.
02:58 PM on 11/28/2009
Just another South Park episode, just like the one where Kenny will do anything for money and becomes a TV reality star with the expected results.

Sadly, it is more a reflection of the level of malaise our diseased society has fallen to.
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TAIsabel
Suffer no fools.
03:04 PM on 11/28/2009
Oh, and let's not forget one of George Carlin's latest routines: Creating a reality show for suicides whereby the camera is attached to a helmet on the head of people jumping off of bridges. He was pointing to the disgusting nature of the viewers.
02:41 PM on 11/28/2009
This "reality" TV celebrity garbage has gone way over the fence. All it is is cheap programming for bottom dwelling TV networks and a venue for narcissistic jackasses to get camera time. Back in the 50's the press asked LBJ (then Majority Leader) off the record what he thought about a recent speech by Vice President Nixon. LBJ said that he not know much but he knew the difference between chicken s..t and chicken salad. I wish the American public could differentiate between the two nowdays when it comes to either entertainment or politics.
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02:40 PM on 11/28/2009
I wish they would call it 'specatcle" TV instead of "reality" TV because there is nothing "real" about it.
I know there is a glut of this sort of trash because it is far cheaper to produce it and when a particular show of this kind finds an audience, the return on investment is especially high.

It seems really seedy that the participants in these shows become celebrities because they have few marketable skills.

I personally think these shows take work away from people who work in scripted TV entertainment.