Stephanie Pearce: Forget TV, read a book
September 21, 2014
On a rare night when I had the opportunity to flip through my options on the television, I was truly amazed with the reality shows to choose from. I am not going to lie, I do have a few that I record, but I had no idea that my options have increased like they have.
I enjoy shows like "Mountain Men," "19 Kids and Counting," "Alaska; the Last Frontier" and one of my favorites that isn't on anymore "The Last American Cowboy." I enjoy wholesome shows that show people, against the odds, living what they believe. That may be living on a homestead in Alaska, handing down skills and values that are dwindling in this world we live in.
I have to laugh, sometimes, at the events that make the air. So many times it's the stupidest choice the person could make that the entire show is based on. Of course, this stupid choice can have dire consequences and therefore make great entertainment. It's usually never as dramatic as the show makes it out to be in the build up to it.
What I saw in my options, though, really amazed me. I can't help but wonder what we are coming to when I see shows such as "Dating Naked," "Buying Naked" and "Little Women of L.A.," and all of the "Housewives" reality shows. Seriously, is this truly entertainment?
I watched one episode of "Dating Naked." I spoke with my co-workers about the show. The consensus at work was this show takes all of the fun out of dating. This is a very simplified theory, but dating is getting to know a person so that eventually, they want to see you naked. When you start out naked, there is nothing to work for. The sad part is I watched it. Once was more than enough, but I watched it. I felt as if my intelligence had decreased after the show was over.
"Buying Naked" was pretty much the same outcome for me. I didn't make it past the first commercial. I tried, but I couldn't do it. Why would I care about what people are buying in nudist communities? I don't. I believe to each his own, and if you want to buy property in nudist communities, great for you, but is this really show worthy?
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"Little Women of L.A.," I happened upon by mistake. For some reason, I thought it would be more like the book, "Little Women." Yes, I am just that innocent in my thinking sometimes. Now pick yourself up from laughing so you can read the rest of this. This show is about vertically challenged women in L.A. You probably figured that out from the title long before I did. Now, I am a fan of "The Little Couple" because they show people that no matter what your challenges in life, you can still become whatever you want and have the kind of life you want. "Little Women of L.A.," to me, was just a different version of all the "Housewives" reality shows. It wasn't positive. It just showed women competing with each other for attention. It was terrible.
Flipping through my options, I realized something. I realized that I am so lucky that I don't have time to watch television. I decided to take that time to read a book instead.