Oh yes. I did give that funny Indian game the flick, but somewhere between the wall-to-wall commercials, which is the REAL program I suspect, I did see the snippets of shouting cheerers counting down the first Big Brother Eviction for 2008. A UFO enthusiast with tatts and attitude got the chop, but I have to say there actually was a nice back story there about this young man being a little bit wiser about Asians and effeminate men as a result of his incarceration. That effect can’t be all bad.
Then of course there is Corey Worthington. I couldn’t help warming to him just a bit; after all last summer he did give Tabloid TV exactly what it deserved, though he has himself been sucked into the trough. Mind you, I think he will go far, that lad; he is certainly not backward at taking what he can from the odd celebrity he finds himself enjoying, given that he really is quite ordinary in most respects.
The blog from which I took that (linked to pic) is a bit unfair calling him a “dumb maggot”; he isn’t entirely stupid and he is seventeen. That he is even there, of course, says a lot about the commercial media, rather more than about him; on the other hand he had hoped, or so he says, that being on BB would give people a chance to judge him as he is, rather than as the media have created him. Some truth in that.
I have found some of the blogs on the subject more interesting than the show itself. Two examples: Archetypes in the BB08 House and Eye on Big Brother. It is possible to watch Big Brother and keep your brain intact, it seems; I suppose it is a kind of laboratory of the human condition, if you want to see it that way. I still find it an ethical dilemma myself, and not exactly a sign of a healthy culture.
Mind you, people would be far better off watching Big Brother than reading some blogs: for example…