Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Crap Telly

I will be the first to admit that I have a slight issue with crap telly. By that I mean I watch it never endingly to a mind numbing point, its a disease I think ?
My family will fully agree with this. While they watch very little TV I watch never endingly. I may not always be watching it. Sometimes it is just background noise in the flat. But if it is particularly crap telly unlike most people I watch it whole heartily.

Does this make me a fool? Stupid? Or a person with no depth ? HELL NO !!! Society has created this type of TV viewing for a reason. For it to be watched and ultimately talked about by the ' water cooler' I believe it was created for a number of reasons but one sticks out most to me. I think the creators of crap telly did to see how long it would take for it to appear in non tabloid papers and one news worthy 'educated' programs. And guess what ? It has everyone !!

The biggest example of this in the UK is Big Brother. I think initially it was the show that was ' looked down upon' a show that is puerile crap and to be fair it was and in most ways still is. But now in its seventh year of running it has broken the mold of tabloid stories and appearing in papers like the independent and The guardian. They are writing serious articles about it and questioning the various issues that are now appearing on this years show.

To me it just proves that society has changed over time to accept these shows as not just ' noise in the background' put it on because there is nothing else to watch. They are watching it to see how human nature works live and uninterrupted ( aside from big brother throwing the housemates the odd curve ball but that's fun) It is bring up some serious issues otherwise not mentioned like bullying, isolation, stress reactions etc. It is no longer crap telly it is good TV viewing. It is enthralling, at times gripping, extremely funny and more importantly extremely sad as well. This show has everything about human interaction in society in one little house in some sound studio in some set lot somewhere in London. It Works.

Now for the fun ... The Housemates! Damn channel 4 has out done themselves this year. As well as sending in the normal ' I am destined to be a page 3 girl or a porn king' they have thrown some really interesting ones in this time. The one that stands out most is Pete. He has tourettes..... Get over it !!! The out cry from the high browed papers that he is being taken advantage of is utterly stupid and if anything insulting to Petes intelligence. He is not stupid he knew what he was doing and what he was going in to and good on him !! The man is bloody marvelous. Aside from that he whistles as one of his ticks and boy he can whistle. Meows when he sees a hot girl ( boy is meowing all the time ) and the best of all he says ' wanker' very randomly to anyone and everyone , irony at its best.

Take a minute watch it guarantee you will get hooked on it

12 comments:

Lee said...

I've tried to enjoy BB several times, but it's just never worked for me. Not quite sure why, perhaps because I don't like just watching bits of stuff - if I watch something, it has to be the whole thing from start to finish, and dedicated x number of hours every night for however many weeks isn't something I generally do.

I know of a few people that watch that 24 hours a day though - to the point of watching them sleeping! If I ever reach that stage, I would like to be taken away by some nice men in white coats please...

justacoolcat said...

We don't have it here in the states. WHen it comes to tv I'm like Lee, I want to see things start to finish. Probably why I don't watch a lot of the telly.

louisa said...

I think possibly sometimes it is a boredom thing with me. plus nothing better then crap telly mid afternoon on a weekend and falling asleep !! ha ha

But i do understand what you both say, something ending is something good.

I have that problem with 24. I borrow a box set from a friend and I am then locked away all weekend because i have to see the end of it all !!

Lee said...

Oh, glad to hear you like 24 - I'm totally hooked on it. Season 5 just finished and I'm already starting to have withdrawal symptoms knowing I'll have to wait until next year for the next series!

louisa said...

I have just finished season 4 disc one but seem to never have the time aty present to watch it which sucks.
so think now work has given me laptop will take with me on my travels down south and watch it there.
love it so hooked really is addictive telly !

Lee said...

See, now if you've been given a laptop too, you must be important to them! ;-)

louisa said...

ha yeah right more like ...' she can do more work now ... like from home. not more important maybe more useful to them thats all lol

Lee said...

True, there is that aswell :-D

justacoolcat said...

Now if something is out on DVD for season series, then I tend to get into a tv series.

I am weak.

urban gypsy said...

Howdoo Flower. I see you haven't left Manchester just yet then. We don't have BB in New Zealand. We get the Aussie version but it's on at stupid o'clock in the afternoon when folk are busy or working or watching Oprah on t'other chanel. I too am hooked on 24. Watched season 4 first as it was on the telly, then had to ask Amazon.co.uk for the previous 3 seasons. The Hubster and I are part way through Season 3 so if you don't tell me any spoilers I won't mess up your season.

Could you 'do' JB? This dominated our conversation at weekend. JB and Robbie Williams. JB I could but not Robbie. Eeuuwww.

louisa said...

why hellllooo gypsy was starting to think the sproglets had locked you in the basement and made a dash for freedom either that or you ran away from home ! !lol oh love 24 season three is really really good but have to say having a much tougher time getting into season 4.
right hmmm would have to say JB because lets face it that entire family are good looking plus he is Canadian after all.
gone off Robbie Williams way way way to many Tattoos now

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