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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, 8:16 am CDT

03/27 Fifteen Minutes of Fame

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. 
 You are so right, for as long as we have millions of idiots watching these types of shows, we will continue to have people willing to make them. I have never been able to figure out their appeal. But I would guess I would have to watch them first and that I don't do.
 
March 27, 2007, 8:22 am CDT

Who will REALLY remember you??

The email I read just as soon as Dr. Phil was over was this one....

 

"In 1997, Sports Illustrated published a survey of 198 Olympic athletes. They were asked if they would take a banned performance-enhancing substance if they were guaranteed they wouldn't  be caught and they would win their competition.  One hundred and ninety-five athletes said yes; three said no. 

They were then asked if they'd  take the substance if they were guaranteed they wouldn't  be caught, would win every competition for the next five years, but would then die from the side effects of the substance.  More than half the athletes said yes.  This is both shocking and very sad. 

O.K., sports fans, the Olympics take place every two years.  Can you name five gold medallists at the most recent Olympics?  (Can you even remember where they were held?)"

 

I think this email related to todays topic. Who is going to remember you? AND who of those people are really important??

 

I say, be the very best "superstar" for those people who REALLY matter. Your family & your friends. They are the ones who will stand by you no matter what.

 

I think the one line that really hit me was when the one man said that people are hams in front of a camera. So even "reality" tv shows are not all that real.

 

 

 
March 27, 2007, 9:21 am CDT

Poor guy

 The  guy  looking to lose his virginity  is being influenced  by  his  immature , mouthy friend. If he really stopped to think about it, what would his children think someday?  And like the Apprentice guy said, how about his parents?  The friend really bothered me.  I'm just saying>
 
March 27, 2007, 9:36 am CDT

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

 It isn't society in general that is to blame for certain people's need to garner attention at whatever cost to themselves or to others. It is the lack of social conscience, moral values, and good self-esteem for themselves that was never taught or imparted by example by their parents or other adult that was their role model. You can't blame society for all ills unless EVERY individual in that society performs and behaves as you do. A Lot of people do not behave as those individuals who are nothing more than shallow, pitiable, selfish children pretending that they are grownups. Society will improve when everyone realizes that good things don't just happen at the blink of an eye--you have to strive for those things, and allow that most things take time for fruition.
 
March 27, 2007, 9:39 am CDT

Good parenting...

Quote From: flthomcat

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!

I think it's like a drug, a rush of adrenaline that we're exposed to.  It's entertainment heroin, and we need more and more of it to produce the desired response.  I think youre helping your kids not to be addicted to this type of deluded "entertainment", or really, sick fascination.

 

I agree with you about the "ME" generation, but I don't think every baby boomer hands things out to their kids, either.  That's one thing I absolutely abhor about my own generation, we're a bunch of "daddy's girls (or "momma's boys") with a heavy sense of entitlement.  Yet, at the same time, rejection is almost impossible for us to take, so here we are, set up for failure from the beginning.  Also, while we're expected to achieve the sky high goals, we're expected to "one up" the previous generation.  Hmm...

 
March 27, 2007, 10:03 am CDT

Not I

Quote From: flthomcat

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!

I raised none of them and I am very happy about that.
 
March 27, 2007, 10:15 am CDT

Nothing New?

Quote From: bactphd95

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.

While I agree with your sentiment, I do think there are new things out there.  The messages may not have changed, but the messengers have.  Now we can delve into the "bizarre and gruesome" without leaving our own homes.  Not only that, but the "entertainment" is not regionalized.  Wherever you live,  you can still see it!   The Romans did not feature cannibalism.  As with other things, we become more and more desensitized and need more and more graphic "entertainment" to satisfy us.

 

But let's not forget that all television and movies are not like this.  I am against censorship by any organization.  The only true and effective censorship comes from the consumer.  These programs would go off the air if we weren't watching them.  If what we demand has a low standard, how can we complain if that's what we get?

 
March 27, 2007, 10:44 am CDT

03/27 Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Quote From: flrat69

While I agree with your sentiment, I do think there are new things out there.  The messages may not have changed, but the messengers have.  Now we can delve into the "bizarre and gruesome" without leaving our own homes.  Not only that, but the "entertainment" is not regionalized.  Wherever you live,  you can still see it!   The Romans did not feature cannibalism.  As with other things, we become more and more desensitized and need more and more graphic "entertainment" to satisfy us.

 

But let's not forget that all television and movies are not like this.  I am against censorship by any organization.  The only true and effective censorship comes from the consumer.  These programs would go off the air if we weren't watching them.  If what we demand has a low standard, how can we complain if that's what we get?

"But let's not forget that all television and movies are not like this.  I am against censorship by any organization.  The only true and effective censorship comes from the consumer.  These programs would go off the air if we weren't watching them.  If what we demand has a low standard, how can we complain if that's what we get?"

Thank you. Brilliant. I too am totally against censorship. The entertainment industry does not run on shocking people or insulting people's morality. It runs on MONEY. They want money. They make what makes them money. Supply and demand.
 
March 27, 2007, 11:46 am CDT

03/27 Fifteen Minutes of Fame

It really is so truly sad and pathethic how far people will go just to be on tv these days.  Reality tv is one of the worst things to happen to America in the last few years, as far as tv goes.  It promotes immoral lifestyles and doing the wrong thing, instead of showing good, moral, honest, God-fearing and respecting people living their lives in a way that doesn't ruin integrity.

 

God bless you Sam for what you said to Brian, about recommending he not go through with his 'plan'.  Thank you so much for having the courage to say the truth behind reality tv. 

 

Losing your virginity on tv, messing around in the porn industry, is a terrible idea.  Just stay away from it.  Having self-respect and morals is far more important than getting 'famous'. 

 
March 27, 2007, 11:49 am CDT

I Do Appreciate It

Quote From: penny_lady

"But let's not forget that all television and movies are not like this.  I am against censorship by any organization.  The only true and effective censorship comes from the consumer.  These programs would go off the air if we weren't watching them.  If what we demand has a low standard, how can we complain if that's what we get?"

Thank you. Brilliant. I too am totally against censorship. The entertainment industry does not run on shocking people or insulting people's morality. It runs on MONEY. They want money. They make what makes them money. Supply and demand.
Thank you for the response.  You are very right.  Hollywood gives us only what we will pay for.
 
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