I think I've figured it out

@ElicBxn (60081)
United States
October 15, 2011 4:21am CST
I have pretty much quit watching TV because I don't like all these "contest" shows. Even giving the winners $25,000 and a recording contract they are cheaper than making a regular program. So, why are they doing them? Well, I just realized that they are like the silly contests that were held during the Depression, only revamped for the 2000's. Instead of local contests, they are held nationally and on television, because these are the way things are done now rather than 80 years ago. I think these are an indication of how bad the economy is, stupid contests as an indicator of recession or depression... Works for me... What do you think?
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@airkulet (2705)
• Philippines
15 Oct 11
I think that you had a point there. These companies are taking advantages for the contestants that just want to earn a little and sacrifice their private life for money. And so as the viewer who find it entertainment little as they know it the most victim on these are the contestant!
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• Nepal
15 Oct 11
We should understand that Television is a tool for enslavement. There is nothing we can find in television that would help our economy or anything. It just makes us more dull and all the profit they earn are enjoyed by they themselves. By far the two enslavement tools that I've figured out till now is Television and God. Both share same type of characteristics.
@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
15 Oct 11
airkulet: since I don't watch these shows, I don't know too much about them, but I do think that most of the people or groups are being taken advantage of manishsuwal: huh? and you should've hit respond in the discussion rather than in the first response, but I see you are new... however, people chose to watch TV or belong to a religion, so I think they "enslavement" is the wrong term
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
15 Oct 11
manishsuwal: If the "god" you have in mind is like television, you haven't yet found the true GOD. The real God frees--He never enslaves! Keep looking. Bless your poor heart! Maggiepie "Television is to news what bumper stickers are to philosophy." ~ Pres. Richard Milhouse Nixon
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Oct 11
Works for me too. I think that these shows are for the masses who are duped into believing that the mostly moronic "talents" that appear are somehow what they want to see and hear. I don't watch them and as a result when people say "Did you see that Jonny Rottonsinger is marrying Lucie Morals" I don't have a clue who they are talking about. I'm happy in my smugness too!
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
15 Oct 11
I know you have The Boss, but its a pity we never met! You sound like my kindda GUY!
@p1kef1sh (45647)
15 Oct 11
She might sell me..... LOL.
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
15 Oct 11
I think in reality t.v. they get something either way, a tshirt, a few thousand or an already paid for plane trip home if they don't win. I don't know, but all the reality shows are pretty much ridiculous. Though I have to admit about 7 years ago I was into watching Big Brother. I've read an article about how the people who were contestants on big brother had to go through so much, and not very healthy / safe exercise routines. I'm wondering if that's why the last time I flipped through, i didnt' see Jillian or the other trainer on there anymore. I'm sorry, I don't care how much money I *MAY* win, it's just not worth it.
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@airkulet (2705)
• Philippines
15 Oct 11
You mean the biggest loser
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@SomeCowgirl (32273)
• United States
16 Oct 11
Thanks for that, I didn't even catch it. I read it over to myself twice atleast and I guess I read it as "the biggest loser" lol.
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@dragon54u (31339)
• United States
15 Oct 11
I remember listening recently to some old radio contest shows, they would usually make a phone call and do it--the audience was on the edge of their seats with anticipation and happy when someone one, imagining themselves with the prizes. People will always like this, at least a certain segment of them. It is unfortunate that that segment has grown as we've dumbed down the schools, let our kids be raised by strangers and all become addicted to television. So reality shows are very big. I can't stand them, though. I watch Curiosity on the Discovery Channel, the news, a few dramas and old movies, I love the silent ones. There's still good television but you have to watch in moderation and be picky--just like anything else! My mom lived for years without a TV, voluntarily. She once said she was never sharper and more alive than when she didn't have that big eye dominating her living room.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
15 Oct 11
I have one in my front room and the roomies have them in their bedrooms and there's one in the office that's gotten more use in the last 3 years than the previous 8 (used to be in the front room before we switched rooms.) I mostly watch news or things like emergency health shows or HGTV... less of that since they took off most of the decorating shows...
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
9 Nov 11
The bottom line is that these shows are cheap to produce. Yes they give a prize away of say 25 000$ to whoever wins the show, but the producers save a lot of money, it saves on actor fees, writers fees even camera and production crew as it requires a lot less people, eg wardrobe costs are drastically reduced. I do distinguish between game shows and reality shows, game shows is interesting in that they have always existed and though embarrassing when things go badly they do not radically change a persons life unless something really drastic happens. Reality shows are another matter, they are not only using people they can destroy peoples lives who are unable to deal with the fallout of whatever happens on these shows. The only way these shows will disappear is if people stop watching and it no longer becomes profitable to the producers. TV is like any business, they try and find the way to make the most money out of their product (shows) and some are more ruthless then others, willing to do anything for a larger profit margin and with the constant competition of not only other stations but also the internet, it makes them willing to go further and further for that profit.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
9 Nov 11
You are right, but do you also agree its a sign of the poor economy?
@leeloo (1494)
• Portugal
10 Nov 11
I think the poor economy makes these stations choose the cheaper product. Though shows like Big brother were created in nearly boom years it is like you say, a way for people to get entertained and not think too much about the economy.
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@scififan43 (2440)
• United States
8 Nov 11
I think you are on to something there. I never thought of it that way, I do not watch gameshows that much. but your observation would seem to make sence.
@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
8 Nov 11
I find them pretty much silly, so I pretty much don't do watch much TV these days
• United States
8 Nov 11
same here.
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
15 Oct 11
You're correct, I think, & this occurred to me years ago. I didn't mention it because it seemed to me no-one would believe it. Maybe soon they'll get it. Maggiepie "Television is to news what bumper stickers are to philosophy." ~ Pres. Richard Milhouse Nixon
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
15 Oct 11
I see you found my email... I've thought this for years, but didn't really have the "words" to say it. The roomie thinks its "Bread and Circuses"
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@Maggiepie (7821)
• United States
15 Oct 11
I just GOT your mail! For once, I agree with your roomie. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.... Maggiepie "Television is to news what bumper stickers are to philosophy." ~ Pres. Richard Milhouse Nixon
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@ralphs (209)
• Philippines
21 Oct 11
i think its alright to make it internationally because it can commercialize more to have more sponsors and to have more sponsors and to have big prizes like millions of dollars. Like the "X Factor USA" 5 MILLION $$$ . that's too big .
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
21 Oct 11
it still isn't that much compared to what is outlaid for regular TV
@bellis716 (4807)
• United States
21 Oct 11
Makes sense. $25,000.00 is better than a set of cheap dishes, even with inflation.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
21 Oct 11
it works out to the same, the difference is purely the amount that can be paid by the "sponsoring" agency - in this case, national companies rather than small town ones.
@burrito88 (2779)
• United States
15 Oct 11
You said so yourself. They are cheaper than making a regular TV show where you have to pay actors, identify locations or design sets, etc. The only thing is finding people to be on them that might have enough shock appeal to draw viewers. People like Gene Simmons, Snooki, Chaz Bono. Then there are the 'talent' shows that are again cheap to make and viewers might tune in to see if they agree with the judges or maybe think they have more talent than the performer. At some point the talent shows will hit critical mass and burn out like the games shows did, followed by the survivor type shows, which means we might see Snooki, Ozzy, and company move to prime time network TV.
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@ElicBxn (60081)
• United States
15 Oct 11
I hope not. I'd like to see some GOOD TV back on. Oh, I know there are still a few good shows, but I can't remember to watch them with all the trash on!
@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
16 Oct 11
I never ever watch these just Americas got talent they are fun to watch specially the little kids. but there is a lot of shows on the tv I love to watch
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@stephcjh (32385)
• United States
15 Oct 11
That could be the case. I really do not watch much tv anymore anyway. There is really not much I like on there.
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@BarBaraPrz (17527)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
15 Oct 11
You may be on to something...
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