Reality TV – fight from the heart

So there’s going to be Rocky – das musical. Is it just a movie on stage? With all those great 1980’s hits being sung live? Or something else?

I saw the ad in Hamburg late 2011, and the world premiere is in November 2012.

Ted Berg, writing to Tedquarters, was also slightly surprised of the idea.

You all saw that too, right? This isn’t just like one of those I-swear-I-saw-Sasquatch-in-the-corner-of-my-eye things, right?

That sums up my thoughts pretty well, too.

Is this the fine line between culture and entertainment? Or, actually, is it more like a massive gap? Not quite sure which one. If people grow watching reality TV, reading yellow newspapers and following celebrity gossip, I’m pretty sure their understanding of culture is something quite different from a person’s who does none of the above. But if entire generations see culture as reality TV and glossy lad mags, how does that fit into the more traditional definitions of culture?

On one hand, I have no desire to tell anyone what they do on their free time as long as they’re not causing harm to anyone else. But then again, I would like more people to enjoy exhibitions, fiction or any kind of books, concerts, photography and music instead of TV programmes where young brides choose a wedding dress or people try to lose weight. Why? Because it’s simply much more interesting, it opens your mind, guides you to new worlds, helps you make choices in your own life and understand others better. Of course it’s also more challenging, and not everyone wants that.

Having said that, I do understand the appeal of easy entertainment. I love to flick through the pages of People magazine every now and then and watch people conquer their problems in reality shows. Everything humane is interesting, if not to you, surely to someone else. Easy entertainment gives you something easy to relate to. But maybe nowadays things are made too easy for us to relate to: there’s no need to think for yourself anymore. Everything is served on silver platter: norms and moral in a very digestible form.

And that’s what worries me. In many reality shows it’s ok to stab people in the back, be obnoxious, act like a total fool – all because it serves your own interests.

Now here’s the question. It seems difficult to find peaceful solutions in the world already now, with generations of people who have not been brainwashed with reality TV and conflicts the programmes emphasize. What will happen when the now young generations grow up and start making decisions?

♦ In the meantime: I’m soon being served a traditional German Christmas dish for dinner, stuffed turkey. Ok it’s not really Christmas anymore, but whatta heck. As the side dish must also be cooked at home, the entire house smells like rotkol, red cabbage. The cabbage has been simmering for a couple of hours already, soaked in red wine, vinegar and sugar. Let’s see how it tastes like!

♣ Song of the day: Jamie Woon, Night Air

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