The last couple of years I’ve posted a few thoughts about, and a few links to Big Brother Australia related material because I found it quite fascinating. I don’t really know why I’ve found it fascinating though and this fact has kept me going for five years of Big Brother.
I consider myself to be fairly intelligent, but surely intelligent people don’t watch a show that has 12 or so people living in close proximity to each other with no outside contact and only a ‘Big Brother’ to tell them what to do? Well I know I’m not the only person to be suckered in to this train wreck as myriad websites and news stories will confirm.
Not being able to go completely cold turkey, I tuned in to the first show last week about half way through and I must say I haven’t been able to become a devotee like I have in the past at all. I find the ‘characters’ to be very vanilla – just out of the box with no adjustments made to them yet.
What’s happened to ‘Reality Television’ where producers have only recruited 15 people who are all pretty much the same, that is they are all caucasian and they are all pretty good looking? Isn’t Reality Television supposed to reflect some form of societal reality? Not in the case of Big Brother Australia 2006.
While I’m at it, I don’t get how a ‘young hippie mother’ can have a boob job. I would have thought true hippies would go nowhere near having their boobs enlarged. This also (along with the fact her young daughter also had a boob job) is not sending any sort of positive message to young impressionable females out there who are already self-obsessed with their body image because they are inundated about body image via the media.
I guess I don’t fit the demographic Big Brother are aiming for. I’m guessing the demographic is 10-30 years old and keen mobile phone texters but what’s the casting saying to this demographic? Not anything postive that’s for sure. It’s saying that you should be young, gorgeous, extroverted and quite loud and if you aren’t these things then where do you fit?
I’ll be tuning out Big Brother team unless you bring in some interesting intruders. What’s happened to the people I can boo and hiss at like Dean and Hotdogs from 2005? What’s happened to the people I think I think are fairly real – Paul from 2004 and Tim from 2005? Admittedly it’s only a week into the show but I don’t hold out too much hope.
Even Gretel looks like she’s bored with the whole thing this year, or maybe it’s me projecting my bored feelings.
I suppose the hours potentially wasted watching Big Brother, I could put towards something a whole lot more useful.