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Reality TV =
harmless fun 16%
a disturbing trend 5%
a sign of societal decay 38%

Votes: 18

 The Truth About Reality TV

 Author:  Topic:  Posted:
Jul 13, 2001
For the past few years, television audiences both inside the United States and abroad have been fascinated with dozens of so-called "reality" programs, including "Survivor", "Big Brother", and "Temptation Island", to name a few. Most people would probably tell you that the public interest in these types of programs is due to the inherent voyeurism of today's audiences. They would tell you that these programs are (mostly) harmless and that the television networks promote them because they draw ratings and advertising dollars.

But is there more to the story?


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A Lesson From History

Before we talk about reality TV, let's take a brief voyage into United States history.

Let's talk about Social Security. A century ago, the idea that the government would take a cut of everybody's paycheck and redistribute it to retired people was unthinkable. It was simply not an idea that could exist in a decent society. It violated every principle that this country had been founded upon. (Please note: I am not saying that taking care of the elderly is a bad idea! I am only pointing out that stealing from people's paychecks is not the way to do it; traditionally, elderly family members were cared for by their families. The establishment of Social Security was probably the biggest factor in the dissolution of the traditional extended family and the value system thereof, but that's a story for another day.)

So if the idea was unthinkable a century ago, why are we stuck with it today? The answer is simple: manipulated circumstances. The stock market crash of 1929 ushered in an era of American history that we call the Great Depression. This was a crippling, decade-long period of economic hardship, and it was during this period that Social Security, along with other leftist government programs such as the Work Projects Administration were born. The American people and Congress (who ten years previous would have laughed themselves sick at the idea of enacting such clearly socialist programs) had been beaten into submission. And so it came to pass that on August 14, 1935, Franklin Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law.

So was the Social Security Act a reasonable and legitimate reaction to some tough times for the United States? On its face, it may seem so. But there is a growing consensus among economists and historians that the Great Depression was not as "accidental" as people were led to believe. There is ample evidence that Roosevelt and the leftist orthodoxy that was pulling his strings leaned on the Federal Reserve to engineer the market crash of 1929, thus plunging the country into chaos. Roosevelt and his ilk (correctly) deduced that they would have to desensitize people to the socialist agenda before they would ever accept it. They desensitized the country by intentionally placing it in its worst economic crisis ever, and eventually their agenda won.

At this point, you may be scratching your head and wonder what the point of all of this is (and what it has to do with reality television.) The point is simple: Government extremists have a history of manipulating the media and the markets in order to get people to gradually accept ideas that they would otherwise reject whole-heartedly. In the 1930s, it was Soviet-style wealth redistribution.

Fast-Forward 65 Years

Welcome to America, 2001. Unfortunately, the threat that we face in this day and age is far more ominous than the big-government socialists of the 1930s. Today, our liberty, our essence, and our basic sense of being are being threatened by authoritarian Communists who seek to abolish all rights to individual privacy and freedom of speech. Being the media-savvy Red bastards that they are, they have chosen "reality TV" as their method of infiltration. Make no mistake about it: The sole purpose of "reality TV" is to desensitize Americans to Communism.

Now, you might think this is ludicrous; you might have been lulled into a false sense of security by the people who claim that Communism died when the Berlin Wall fell. But the fact of the matter is that there are numerous links between "reality TV" and Communism, and there is plenty of evidence that America's governmental agencies are colluding with Communists in order to promote this type of "entertainment" among the general population. Here are a few of the more egregious examples:

  • Mark Burnett, the executive producer of "Survivor", is currently working closely with the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) to develop a new television series called Langley, about the ins and outs of life as an Agent. Americans should be concerned about the most successful reality TV producer working hand-in-hand with the most shadowy elements of our nation's government.

  • Les Moonves, the president of CBS Television (home of "Survivor" and "Big Brother") was recently in Cuba having lunch with Fidel Castro. He was accompanied by many representatives from the American media. Curiously, the fact that so many American media moguls were "chumming it up" with Castro was not widely reported. Perhaps it is because these same media moguls control what we are allowed to see and what we are not?

  • The Fox broadcasting network, which has been home to reality programs such as "Boot Camp" and the afore-mentioned "Temptation Island", is owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch. In order to support his profitable, conservative-leaning Fox News Channel, Murdoch has claimed (in recent years) to hold traditionalist views. However, the truth about Murdoch is far from traditional; the truth is downright frightening. Murdoch is a self-described "socialist" who supported the presidential campaign of Al Gore and donates heavily to the Chinese Communists. In fact, Murdoch went so far as to donate $1,000,000 towards a biography of the late Chinese dictator Deng Xiaoping!
I've been in bars with people who are watching the "Big Brother" program. All the while, these people are mindlessly chatting with each other, asking inane questions such as "Should George confront Cassandra about such-and-such" and "Are Will and Shannon going to have sex?" They involve themselves with the day-to-day activities of total strangers to the last tiny detail, and it never once dawns on them that there is something inherently wrong with what they are doing.

Perhaps that's because it's the way that CBS and its army of AK-47-toting Communist butchers want it. They take the most degrading robbery of basic privacy rights, wrap it up into a slick media presentation with a snappy theme song, and package it as entertainment for mass consumption. And people eat it up. They can't get enough of it. It never once crosses their mind that this is bad, that these cameras should not be running. All they want is the scenery; the human "drama" that is unfolding in front of their eyes. They completely forget about the cameras.

Let me pose the question: What happens (say) ten years down the line when the FBI requests that cameras be installed in private homes so that they can "protect" Americans against domestic violence? They will tell gullible American women that if they are ever "beaten" by their husbands for disobedience, they will have clear and incontravertible evidence that can be presented in court. Women, being the emotional and illogical creatures that they are, will most likely be in favor of it.

And the cameras will go up.

At this point it should be clear that the reality TV "fad" is in fact an intentionally-engineered ploy by Communist elements of our federal government and national media organizations. The goal is to make surveillance cameras in every home seem acceptable .. even normal. Once the cameras are up, the monitoring will begin. Disagree with something that the government does? The next knock that you hear on your door will most likely be the Marxist death squad, out to escort you to the nearest "retraining" camp.


This war is not yet lost. The main battle may be well underway, but its outcome is far from certain. Poor ratings for the "Big Brother 2" program are ample evidence that this plot is not registering with the American people as well as the Communists would have liked. So let's keep it up. Let your friends and neighbors know that true Americans do not watch this type of vermin-infested filth. Point out that liberty is the soul's desire to breathe free, and that this is not something that can be done under the thumb of a totalitarian Communist regime.

Most importantly, remind people that freedom does not come without a price. Hundreds of thousands of brave patriots have paid the ultimate price to guarantee that you and I have certain basic freedoms (such as the freedom to write this article!) and it would be a shame to spit in the collective faces of our veterans of war and throw everything away in the name of sleazy television. Our freedoms may be dwindling, but you still have the freedom of personal choice. Here is what I suggest: Turn the television off. Play a round of golf. Read the Bible. Catch up on some yard work. But don't watch reality TV. Because if you do, don't say I didn't warn you when you see the tanks rolling down Main Street.


Who has time to watch TV? (4.00 / 1) (#3)
by typical geek on Fri Jul 13th, 2001 at 06:26:00 AM PST
I'm too busy reading, watching DIVX's, and surfing the web. Maybe America would do better under a more Communist regime, technocrats (like me) will always be better, and in the USSR, engineers were held in very high esteem (watch Dr. Zhivago for better understanding), and they actually had a good space exploration plan.

So, Joe Sixpack gets opiated watching the Boob tube and loses control of the government. What's the downside again?

gcc is to software freedom as guns are to personal freedom.

what? (none / 0) (#5)
by motherfuckin spork on Fri Jul 13th, 2001 at 06:42:21 AM PST
I'm sorry, but none of this related to VH1, Comedy Central, Cartoon Neetwork, The Weather Channel, or Animal Planet, so I fail to see its relevance to everyday life.
I am not who you think I am.

A shame this is not obvious to more people (none / 0) (#6)
by Adam Rightmann on Fri Jul 13th, 2001 at 06:53:13 AM PST
Look at the original Survivor. Though I never watched it, from what I read, the winner was a homosexual, while a decorated World War II vet came in second. Clearly, a person who had precreated and showed a willingness to sacrifice his life for the greatest country in history is more of a survivor than a flamboyant practioner of non-procreative English Style Love, yet he lost? Clearly, there were Communist behind the scenes machinations.

Fortunately, I have several gigs of Leave it to Beaver and Davey and Goliath saved up for my chilren to watch.

A. Rightmann

Say what? (none / 0) (#7)
by SpaceGhoti on Fri Jul 13th, 2001 at 11:51:51 AM PST
Having long abandoned television except for Star Trek and Farscape, I really don't have much to add to this discussion. There does seem to be a rather insidious Orwellian undertone to shows like this, except for the fact that everybody you see has agreed to this scrutiny. I'm in favor of everyone doing whatever they want so long as everyone involved is fully informed and agrees.

However, something you slipped in caught my eye: Women, being the emotional and illogical creatures that they are... Please tell me you were kidding. You don't actually believe this misogynist nonsense, do you?

A troll's true colors.

Amen brother (none / 0) (#8)
by Anonymous Reader on Sat Jul 14th, 2001 at 07:17:04 PM PST
Excellent piece. I'd never realized what the reality shows were doing to us; but you'll never catch me watching that rubbish again.


What version of history is this? (none / 0) (#9)
by elenchos on Sun Jul 15th, 2001 at 04:24:26 AM PST
Prior to social security, the useless old people were set adrift on ice flows. Now in pre-Columbian Eskimo society, this may have been practical. But for everyone else, the costs of doing this were a crushing burden on all families. They were forced to remain together simply to share these costs. So the traditional family did not begin its break up with the advent of social security. It began far sooner, in the Industrial Revolution when the capitalist system brought what was once an outrageousely expensive luxury down to a price that anyone could afford.

We are the victims of our own success, and it is this numb wallowing in luxury that will drive us to wish for the painless end to our nightmare of excess and comfort.

Perhaps now good time to think on the topic of death. We're all going to die, and then that will be it. We will be forgotten and time will tick on and on as if we never existed. Even the uselessly distorted memories of our meaningless lives will themselves fade and be forgotten. What then? What then, I ask!

I do, I do, I do
--Bikini Kill

subject: (none / 0) (#10)
by tiana on Fri Jul 20th, 2001 at 03:20:41 AM PST
emotional and illogical, eh.

why are you always insulting women? do you have an ego complex or something? i just dont understand, maybe its because im illogical and emotional.... why dont you help straighten me out good ol' buddy.

Bravo! (none / 0) (#11)
by Anonymous Reader on Tue Sep 4th, 2001 at 10:38:58 PM PST
Amazing! I applaud you. You were able to write the most illogical piece of bullshit I have ever seen without any evidence to support it at all! The next time you go and spout off some anti-communist crap, find some evidence and back it up.
And just for your information, saying communism = evil does not instantly make your argument true.


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