Whose Reality is it Anyway?

You’ve got to wonder how empty our lives are when the headlines across the nation are about the latest ‘Reality TV’ show.

I think Idol is probably one the better shows but it’s still just a TV show. Get over it.

I am so opposed to most of the stuff that gets served up under the reality heading. It’s not just the cheap titilation it provides the viewer, I feel the issues run far deeper than that.

Look at stuff like Big Brother. A bunch of people put into a manufactured environment then manipulated by producers and editors. That’s not reality. How can we do this to people? I know the argument is that these people have chosen to be on these programmes but how can they really have any idea what they’re letting themselves into?

The ‘contestants’ on these shows are hungry for fame (acceptance) and the prize money (greed). What they end up with is a ruined life – whether they win or lose.

I can’t bring myself to watch most of these shows (although I have watched some of Idol) because they are distorting and destroying lives for someone else’s entertainment. Why can’t we see that? It’s like throwing Christians to the lions for entertainment. They get destroyed for our viewing pleasure.

I could rave on about this one for ever but I’d better get off my soap box before I fall and hurt myself.

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Rodney Olsen

Rodney is a husband, father, cyclist, blogger and podcaster from Perth Western Australia.

He previously worked in radio for about 25 years but these days he spends his time at Compassion Australia, working towards releasing children from poverty in Jesus' name.

The views he expresses here are his own.

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