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Topic : 03/27 Fifteen Minutes of Fame

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Created on : Friday, March 23, 2007, 10:07:43 am
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With reality TV and the virtual worlds of MySpace and YouTube, becoming an instant star is easier than ever. But to what lengths will some people go for fortune and fame? Two producers, Michael and Perry, attempt to find out in their new documentary, American Cannibal. Many contestants say they would eat a finger, cut off a toe and even starve themselves to death just to get their 15 minutes of fame! Then, Brian is so desperate for a rich-and-famous lifestyle that he’s willing to give up his virginity on national TV. Brian says losing his innocence for millions is a good career move, but what happens if he doesn’t make the cut on the show? And, Somaya insists that self-promotion on the Internet has made her a celebrity who attends red carpet events. Her best friend, Alysia, says using the Web for publicity is so dangerous, it even garnered Somaya a stalker! Is Alysia really concerned for her friend, or is she just jealous? Plus, Sam, an unforgettable contestant on the reality show The Apprentice, reveals for the first time how he hit rock bottom chasing the celebrity dream. Share your thoughts, join the discussion.

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March 27, 2007, 6:42 am CDT

Feel sad for these people

I really feel sad for the kind of people who are so NOT at peace in this world that they feel the compulsion to call attention to themselves. People who are confident and happy feel no need to stand out in this way. They help others (volunteer, donate, take care of their elderly parents, etc) and do so quietly. They are happy enough with themselves that they don't need to be pumped up by others. Their egos are in check and they are content.

 

When I was growing up in a loud, dysfunctional home, I wanted fame and fortune...lots of power, too. As a happy, healthy 44-yr-old, I want nothing more than to give back to society, raise my family, help family and strangers and honor God. My life is great and it's nice replacing chaos with peace and contentment.

 

God bless these sad souls who are seaching for happiness in all the wrong places (all the wrong ways). 

 
March 27, 2007, 7:05 am CDT

Youth & Celebrity

There was an interesting article in a newspaper a while back that told about a poll taken of teenagers in regard to what they considered the most important goals in their lives.  It mentioned things like......college, professional satisfaction, love, marriage, children, family, celebrity, helping others, peace, happiness, wealth, etc.  You know which item the most teenagers thought was the most important thing in life to attain.....CELEBRITY!   Pretty sad, huh?
 
March 27, 2007, 7:06 am CDT

No Surprise

Quote From: housewife52

I am sittin' here readin' about what people are willin' to do to try to be famous and I just can't get my brain wrapped this one. I'm thinkin' "what?cut a finger off?" "give up your virginity on national TV?" I have to believe it must be a generation gap.I'm aware that "The times they are achangin", but I am befuddled over this one. I know there are some things that people do online that are funny and entertaining,but IMO if someone is willing to cut off a finger or give up their virginity on the internet, it's a symptom of being mentally off.( That diagnosis comes from having a "virtual ",imagined degree obtained from cyberspace since I've been posting on these boards.)Bottom line-I don't get it.
I wish I could say this show shocked or even surprised me, but it didn't.  Reality television is a true plague in this country.  It combines the lust for fame with the desire for money and the desire of the public to reach consistently new lows in "entertainment".  Someone made a reference to the movie "The Running Man".  That is a frighteningly appropriate comparison to where our "entertainment" is going.  But, before we criticize the people who appear on these shows or the ones who create and produce them, we'd better look at the audience.  If the public was not so consumed by these shows, there would be no money in putting them on the air.  It is OUR desire for the sexier. the more frightening,  the more morbid and the more degenerate that is the driving force behind these money making hit shows. 
 
March 27, 2007, 7:19 am CDT

The scary thing...

Quote From: ceildh1

Has anyone else read the book "The Long Walk " by Stephan King ?  It is about a so- called reality show that I would hope we NEVER stoop to showing for the sake of our own sick entertainment, those who have read it will know what I mean, its scary and it is a good representation of what we as human beings find entertaining, and for those who haven't (especially those addicted to these shows ), I would encourage them to read it.

So why are these shows so popular ?  Cutting off fingers and toes ? Unfortunatly, those will be the shows that will have the highest ratings, people seem to get some enjoyment out of the back stabbing, and sick stunts people will do to themselves and each other, BLECH, not for me.

Its almost like we are going back to the entertainment of the ancient Roman era, but instead of an arena, we have TV.

 

The scary thing about King's books is the propheticness of his message.  About how alluring human suffering is to us.  Instead of a far-off horror novel, this is becoming reality.  What humans are capable of doing to each other is gruesome and more horrific than anything King would have dreamt up.
 
March 27, 2007, 7:35 am CDT

It's not MY desire!

Quote From: flrat69

I wish I could say this show shocked or even surprised me, but it didn't.  Reality television is a true plague in this country.  It combines the lust for fame with the desire for money and the desire of the public to reach consistently new lows in "entertainment".  Someone made a reference to the movie "The Running Man".  That is a frighteningly appropriate comparison to where our "entertainment" is going.  But, before we criticize the people who appear on these shows or the ones who create and produce them, we'd better look at the audience.  If the public was not so consumed by these shows, there would be no money in putting them on the air.  It is OUR desire for the sexier. the more frightening,  the more morbid and the more degenerate that is the driving force behind these money making hit shows. 

Believe it or not, people are turning off television....the movies, etc.

 

Due to the demand and popularity of family movies, Hollywood (as I call it...Hollyweird) is beginning to give the audiences what they want...more "G" rated movies. Television will have to evolve (it's been de-evolving) to survive. The more ratings decline, the more the producers will come to realize that some things are just NOT acceptable.

 

I still can't get over how many parents ALLOW their young children, pre-teens and teens to watch CRAPOLA on TV. We monitor VERY closely what our kids watch and the amount of time is also quite limited. This goes for the computer as well. When it boils down to it, it's the parents responsibility to TURN OFF THE TV in the house and turn ON healthier activities!

 
March 27, 2007, 7:40 am CDT

Didn't WE help raise those "ME" people?

Quote From: ohdang13

I have to say that Society as a whole seems to be taking a very strange turn. I remember growing up and people valued their private lives. There was a time when being in the spot light was not the number 1 priority in peoples lives.  Priority when I was young and for my parents was to get a good job, have a nice home, raise decent kids and treat people the way you would like to be treated.  It was about helping your friends and neighbors in a time of need and putting the well -being of your family first.

 

But this generation seems to be missing that memo. This is certainly the "ME" gereration.  Teenagers and young adults are so concerned about only themselves and to hell with family and close friends. There is no honor in what they say. The ME generation does not understand the concept of " your word in your bond".

 

The ME generation has only one TRUE goal it seems and that is to have as many people around the world see their faces. They don't even want to try and do anything worth while to deserve that attention.  They just pull out a video phone and record stupid, brainless things and post them all over the internet.  Then they just sit back and wait to see how many people will look at the video. And of course they go to all their friends and try to get some sort of bragging rights for that stupid video.

 

The ME generation appears to be lacking something huge in their lives...Dignity and self-worth.  My grandmother always said, "Life is more than just the sum of its parts."  The ME generation needs some form of self-gradification to feel like they fit in or are worthy of someones attention. 

 

Just because someone can see your face on the t.v. or over the internet does not validate your self-worth. It seems more like a huge cry for attention and they are willing to take whatever they can get.  It is such a shame that this generation has lost its self-worth and true meaning in life.

 

And just think, when all of us are in the stage of life where we can't  take care of ourselves anymore, we will be relying on the ME generation to look after us. I find that rather scarey.  This generation already has so little respect for elderly...I can not imagine what 30 years from now will be like.  For all of our sakes, I hope to see a new and better turn for human kind in the near future.

Some of the people my age (44) and older and younger are the ones who RAISED THIS "ME" generation. We have to accept much of the blame for the ways our children turned out, behave, etc.

 

After the 2001 terrorists attack on U.S. soil, people first pulled together. Their priorities were straight...for awhile. They realized that family was/is #1. They returned to chruches in record numbers. Sadly, it will take more attacks and more bad times for the spoiled, self-indulgent people of this country to truly learn what is important!

 

Being good to eachother and leading healthy, peaceful, spiritual lives is what keeps our country strong. All these "ME' people are going to group up and lead sad, unhappy, unhealthy lives....mostly alone. HOPEFULLY they will get help and work toward bettering themselves. I can't imagine living the way they do! Life is just too short for that!

 
March 27, 2007, 7:57 am CDT

Scary Thought

Quote From: ohdang13

I have read "The Long Walk" also. And I agree with what you are saying.  The t.v. has become the new Roman arena.  But the truth of the matter is, these kinds of things have been going on since the dawn of man.

 

I am currently reading a book by Colin Wilson called "The Giant Book of True Crime."  This book goes back to the earliest records from all over the world and talks about violence , motives and how truley sick people were even back before the Roman Era.  The book also covers the topic of what people from the earliest records to present day find to be the most entertaining.  You may find this book to be rather enlightening.

Perhaps it goes to show that there's really nothing (OK, not much) new under the sun. People are still mesmerized and entertained by the bizarre and gruesome, much as they were in the Roman Colisseum. Even though we want to think of ourselves as sooo much more "civilized," things that appeal to our baser natures do catch and hold our attention.
 
March 27, 2007, 8:05 am CDT

The Giant Book of True Crime

Quote From: ohdang13

I have read "The Long Walk" also. And I agree with what you are saying.  The t.v. has become the new Roman arena.  But the truth of the matter is, these kinds of things have been going on since the dawn of man.

 

I am currently reading a book by Colin Wilson called "The Giant Book of True Crime."  This book goes back to the earliest records from all over the world and talks about violence , motives and how truley sick people were even back before the Roman Era.  The book also covers the topic of what people from the earliest records to present day find to be the most entertaining.  You may find this book to be rather enlightening.

I read that book too!  It's facinating to me to read about people who have done horrendous things to others, which makes me wonder about my own thought process.  If I enjoy reading that stuff that is.  I could never hurt anyone else, or myself, for any reason!  Cutting off an appendage for fame?  There's something wrong with those people. 
 
March 27, 2007, 8:08 am CDT

03/27 Fifteen Minutes of Fame

     In the small town where I live we have a river that has a paved walking path along the bank. My daughter, her sister-in-law , my 4 year old grandaughter and I were walking on it last night. My grandaughter and I were a little hehind the others and my granddaughter commented on that. She said that it was okay since it wasn't a race. I told her you're right, cause we are just out here to have fun, not race. I found it a bit odd that a 4 year old already views everyday activities as a competition with a winner or loser. Too much reality TV??

     

 
March 27, 2007, 8:13 am CDT

Thank God for people like you

Quote From: flthomcat

I really feel sad for the kind of people who are so NOT at peace in this world that they feel the compulsion to call attention to themselves. People who are confident and happy feel no need to stand out in this way. They help others (volunteer, donate, take care of their elderly parents, etc) and do so quietly. They are happy enough with themselves that they don't need to be pumped up by others. Their egos are in check and they are content.

 

When I was growing up in a loud, dysfunctional home, I wanted fame and fortune...lots of power, too. As a happy, healthy 44-yr-old, I want nothing more than to give back to society, raise my family, help family and strangers and honor God. My life is great and it's nice replacing chaos with peace and contentment.

 

God bless these sad souls who are seaching for happiness in all the wrong places (all the wrong ways). 

I am afraid that our society which apparently is now driven by this sick monster called the media, is headed down a dark path.  With sex the sole subject of tv shows, videos, and movies it is no wonder our kids are turning to porn at such young ages.  What is next?  Look at Cambodia.  They have taken the sex industry to a new low, selling their children as prostitues for a buck.  Anderson Cooper just did an amazing documentary on the subject and you would be shocked at the number of children sold into sexual slavery there.  Don't think it could get that bad here?  Think again...remember the tv shows when you were a kid and how all the family could watch them together?  Are there many like that today?  We can't even watch the Super Bowl without seeing some woman's silicone implant (thanks Janet).  I think the best thing to do is really push cable companies for cable choice packages that would allow families to best choose what programming comes into your home.  I mean think about it, you are paying for this crap every time you write a check to your cable provider!!
 
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