What’s wrong with TV!
And other social media DOHs.
by Stan Faryna
It’s a pandemic. It’s worse than an actual zombie apocalypse. It’s highly contagious – hence, pandemic.
All of them – demons, abominations and horrors. All of them with the unstoppable, ruthless reach of TV.
I say this with both a chuckle and a sigh.
What’s wrong with Storage Wars?
Storage Wars is a reality television series on the A&E Network; it’s supposed to be about treasure hunting and storage spaces that are auctioned off to the highest bidder. It’s about gambling on a peek at a storage space up for auction. It’s about hoping to find something there that can sell high enough to turn a profit.
It’s also about capitalizing on the misfortunes of those people (human beings just like you and me) who couldn’t keep up with the monthly payments for their storage space.
If you love Storage Wars, may someone (or many) profit redonkulously from the misfortunes that you and yours may come to suffer. Soon.
I don’t know how to say that in a kinder way. But I assure you, it’s not personal. [grin]
What’s wrong with Repo-Games?
Repo-Games is touted as a reality game show on Spike TV. It’s about car repossessions. The host goes to people’s homes to repossess cars. There is no trying to work out a flexible payment plan that works for the person who missed a car payment. There’s only the deal: answer three out of five random trivia questions correctly and keep the car or, if answered poorly, lose the car.
It’s exploitation in it’s rawest form. There’s no story about why that person missed their car payment.
It’s not opportunity. It’s public humiliation and human shame packaged as entertainment. Oh -compensation for such public humiliation is neither adequate nor guaranteed.
What’s wrong with Hard Core Pawn?
Hard Core Pawn, it’s another reality show. It’s all about how a pawn broker rips off people. It’s a business model based on the exploitation of ignorance and/or desperation. Yo - that’s not funny, cool or epic.
Burn that business model down.
What’s wrong with the ads?
You are unlikely to get your iPad for $20 on Quibids.com – not to mention that you are likely lose the $60 for the registration to make bids.
The Octaspring costs more than the equivalent Tempur-Pedic and the payment plan will have you pay $1,000 more than what you thought you were paying for the mattress. Oh – box spring (foundation) and bed frame are not included. Add yet another $1,000.
The monthly payments for the safe-step tub will cost you half or more of your social security check – if you are a baby boomer. How will mom and dad pay for utilities, groceries and the smart phone plans?
Admittedly, bad TV is bumming me out. Of course, that’s not me saying I hate all TV. I have favorites: Dr. Who, Game of Thrones, Homeland, House, Kitchen Nightmares, Supernatural and Walking Dead to name a few.
But, honestly, I think that bad TV never made a Kindle more worthwhile. And 500 Gold for your favorite Facebook Game.
08 January 2012