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The reality of it all
March 12, 2013 - Brad Siddons
I've told more than one person that I believe End Times are near. How do I know? It's not because of a special connection to God, or even a deep understanding of the Bible. Rest assured, I do not possess either.
No, it's something far simpler: Reality TV. While I know that a lot of you will disagree, I fear that that all the “real” shows on all the networks don't amount to a crock o' hog drippin's — or words to that effect. So who cares? Well, that's a fair question. What bothers me so much about it is that we're becoming a nation of “watchers.” It seems that we would rather watch people do everything from hunt for alligators to race all over the world. Name it, and it's a good chance that there is a “reality” show out there somewhere. Think for a moment about how many you watch each week, and then ponder whether any are really worthwhile. That would only include, of course, the ones you stayed awake for.
Am I making a big deal out of something that's really insignificant? Yeah, maybe. What's the harm, anyway? Nothing I guess, except that the more we watch, the less we do ourselves. Let's use hunting, a popular activity in these parts, as an example.
Television is chock full of hunting, from deer to ducks to coyotes. Men and women clad in camo and blaze orange can be seen pursuing their quarry around the globe, and for fans of the sport that is generally a good thing. And it sure is easier than getting out all the gear, climbing up the ridge, waiting for hours …
The guys on TV sure do make it look easy, don't they? No sooner has the commercial faded away then BAM! And another one bites the dust. And the antlers on those deer! Where do they get them?
Well, a lot of them are being shot on what I like to call “deer farms” but let's not get me started on that one. I'll just get myself in trouble. And anyway, we were talking about reality television. We all know that the five-minute hunting sequence you just watched took hours to set up, film, edit, etc. It's fair to say that just as much time and talent goes into the filming of a hunting show as the actual hunting.
In case it's not obvious enough, I'll admit here that I do watch my share of “real” TV. I don't much care for most of the contests, although I know they are among the most popular. And when I do watch a deer hunting or fishing show, I might feel just a little guilty about manning the remote while those guys on the little screen do all the work. I should be out there, not sitting around putting on weight. Oh I still do hunt each fall and sometimes even winter, but never enough. Fishing is another sport I really enjoy, especially in pursuit of trout, but boy is wading getting tough (no, do NOT ask me to tell about the Big Splash reality series that aired on Licking Creek one evening last spring).
I just pray that no one drafts a script for “Celebrity Lawn Mowing.” My grass is bad enough.
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