One. “Reveal”: In reality TV, the
audience is revealed to a truth that reality TV contestant is ignorant of. See
Two. Sadism: Taking pleasure in other people’s pain and suffering.
Three. Schadenfreude: Taking pleasure in other people’s failings.
Four. Perdition: punishment for sins and in the case of reality TV one common sin is the sin of ignorance, specifically, the sin of being ignorant of human nature.
Five. Melana’s “sin”: Surface beauty is, in Reality TV World, more important than character, values, or maturity. To be ignorant of this truth is to be punished with a bevy of lame lard buckets. See page 266.
Six. Soupcon: trace, a touch of. “I’ll have a soupcon of sugar in my coffee.”
Seven. Voyeurism: The pleasure of spying or watching others, especially when you are privy to others’ foibles and dark secrets. See page 266 and 267 as a litany of shows that trounce and humiliate human beings is offered for our edification.
Eight. Darwinism: ruthless competitiveness and ambition that compels us to manipulate, deceive, and destroy our “competition” without any qualms or scruples.
Nine. Moral inversion of Darwinism: Compassion, sympathy, altruism for our fellow brothers and sisters is a sign of weakness and foolishness and possessing these qualities, we should be punished. See page 269.
Ten. Agitprop. Aggressive propaganda campaign. Francine Prose argues that there is a “collaboration” of entertainment media and government to frame conflict in Iraq in ways that parallel reality TV shows. See page 270.
Eleven. Civility. Manners and respect. Prose argues that civility is thrown out the window as we become influenced by Darwinian behavior. See page 270.
Twelve. Darwinism in the Iraq conflict: The government and big business deceive us with a “necessary war” when in fact they use
Iraq to prop huge business enterprises with lavish contracts in a war that is in fact fabricated. And we admire a “winner,” the very people who manipulated us. See page 271 top.
Thirteen. Symbiosis: Interdependent relationship between democracy and Reality TV. They seem to be feeding off each other. See page 271.
Two. Writing Options
Choose One: Reading the Signs 1, 2, or 4
#1: Pro Prose:
Francine Prose argues that the Bush Administration was so ruthless and immoral that its practices parallel the Darwinian depravity of Reality TV. This parallel is evident when we consider ____________________, _________________, ____________________________, and ___________________________.
#1 Anti Prose:
Francine Prose argues that the Bush Administration was so ruthless and immoral that its practices parallel the Darwinian depravity of Reality TV. This piquant comparison, while intriguing, is over arching and fails as an analogy when we consider _______________________________, ____________________________, ______________________________, and __________________________________.
My interviews compel me to conclude that successful reality TV shows follow a similar recipe, which includes ____________________, _____________________, _____________________________, and __________________________________.
If future anthropologists were to judge our society solely based on a viewing of Reality TV, they would conclude that we were a damnable lot evidenced by _______________________________, ____________________________, _______________________________, and _______________________________________.