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Reality T.V. Contest Crazy Nation.

Manila : Philippines | Aug 05, 2012 at 9:34 PM PDT
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It seems that the band wagon mentality is very much alive in TV programing now a days. Currently all major TV networks has its own program fitting ordinary people with each other to search among them the next big star in showbusiness. It's like undergoing hazing in initiation rites to be accepted in a fraternity brotherhood, only this is in public view. The torture is not physical but mental and emotional.

Many people were enticed to join bec. they believe that winning the reality contest would not only earn for them the winner take all price. But this would also be the short cut to fame and fortune.

But the truth is winning a reality contest is like passing thru the eye of the needle. Imagine, in the elimination round the contestants would be in the hundred of thousands; then they will cut it to fifty; then to thirty; then to twelve or ten. Until there is only one man standing.

How many dreams and hopes were shattered in every cut they made in every phase of the contest. Some were not able to take it so that they collapsed and were brought to the hospital. It will not be surprising if someday someone would actualy die bec.of stress and frustration after he or she was cut from the contest.

We could not blamed the TV networks they are only offering a product that will sell. These reality shows became popular in the U.S. so there is nothing wrong in francising it or making a close imitation of it. It will surely be a best seller knowing that we are the number one admirers of american culture. We blindly accepted everything american even if these things would be detrimental to our own existenence.

The KBP or MTRCB should take a closer look at these reality contest to protect the interest and sanity of the ordinary citizens. These could be modified so that these will not be like initiation rites hazing whose organizers took advantage of the weakness and trust of naive neophytes.

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ferdsanz is based in Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, and is a Stringer for Allvoices.
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