I've never been interested in any of the so called "reality shows". In my view, reality shows take advantage of unwholesome interests in the minds of viewers. They all prey on the emotions and base nature of human beings. Emotions like greed (The Apprentice), vengeance (Survivor), lust (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Elimidate, etc.) all surface in these shows. The newer trend in reality shows like swapping spouses too often leaves the suggestion of marital dissatisfaction in the imagination of a couple. Seldom is there a even a hint of a decent, honorable way of handling relationships with other people. I see very little good and an overwhelming negative in such programming.
There really is truth in the Scriptural admonition that "The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it?" The human imagination, devoid of Godly inspiration and creativity, is unfathomable in its ungodliness. The DVDs of the recent beheadings are top sellers in Baghdad's 'thieves market' and testaments to that.
"In one video, an Egyptian hostage his hands tied behind his back sits in front of a banner with the Tawhid wal Jihad emblem. He makes his confession, swearing he planted electronic bugs in Iraqi cities so US warplanes could pick out their targets. He confesses he provided women to coalition soldiers. Standing behind him, three masked men prepare to deliver their judgement. Two grip Kalashnikovs, while the third brandishes a knife and reads out his verdict. 'The spies are sent from Satan's caravan,' the man says. And in a sudden motion, the Egyptian's throat is sliced and his head cut off amid cries of 'Allah Akbar' (God is Greatest)."It's easy to decry the violence in this. But it's also easy for me to see the prurient desire to make profit from this sort of endeavor. In the mind of an individual devoid of scruples, it's understandable how this could be the next logical step in the reality entertainment evolution given that "standard" that the genre has set for itself. Honestly, it comes as no surprise even though I am repulsed at the thought of this decadence.
Baghdad's market isn't the only domain absent of human consideration and compassion. Our American television industry regularly abuses people and insults their intelligence like lab rats. The masses take pornographic interest in the images and stories portrayed in these reality shows with pleasure. We are not so guiltless in our self indulgence. It's time to clean our own entertainment media industry before we indignantly denounce a 'thieves market'.