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My Reality vs Theirs

I’m going to come right out and say it: I am a snob. Nothing will set me off about the decline of civilization faster than reality tv (except maybe Crocs. I mean, they are NOT work appropriate, people). But I mean trashy reality shows, of course. Not the ones I watch.

I stand by this snobbishness, however. I watch Mythbusters, Ice Road Truckers, North Woods Law,  and Treehouse Masters (you haven’t seen Treehouse Masters?? Oh, you have to check  it out! Animal Planet 🙂 ). Why do I think these are better than  Married at First Sight, The Bachelor/Bachelorette or Real Housewives…of anywhere?

Because  in My reality people work together to build things. There are, of course, occasional personality clashes, but they don’t dwell on them and expand them to make the show more interesting. But in Their reality, bad behavior is rewarded. The more screams, fights, pushing, drinking (yes, Party Down South, I am looking at you), and tears there are, the better the ratings. And it is called reality! Why on earth would the people watching the shows not believe that is the proper way to act?

I think in fact people do feel that acting like the people on tv is ok.  I think such insidious emotions such as hate, anger, jealousy; portrayed by what we consider actual people versus actors we know are playing a part, encourage us  to think that such emotions are valid to act upon.  Not that I think that people should ignore such feelings if they are indeed being walked upon.  But these people have no such excuse, they are simply behaving badly to get us to watch them.

Some reality TV, particularly on the networks, doesn’t really matter one way or the other in this argument –except that I find it boring. Who cares if someone who had a tv show ten years ago can outdance another person we haven’t seen in eight years?? Sadly I am also bored by American Idol and The Voice. But I don’t think they are contributing to the downfall of civilization, just the downfall of Primetime TV.

I am not sure where the entertainment value of these shows come in. Perhaps it is the soap opera-ness of it.  Perhaps some people just watch to see how stupid the others act. But I don’t think it is a good thing to continuously expose oneself to such behavior. Sooner or later One will start to feel that it is ok to treat other people as they do on tv. And then we are all in trouble.   So yes, I like My reality better.

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Challenged!

I have been challenged by Donna for the Love/Hate List. I do love challenges 😉 For this challenge, I have to list ten things that I love and then ten things that I hate.   Then,  nominate 10 bloggers to do the same.   I want to thank Donna for this fun challenge; and then I guess we will get started.

Easy part first (although not in any particular order, except for the first one):

Things I Love

  1. My family: starting with my hubby and working out through blood, in-laws and friends that are family too
  2. Writing: I love writing for my blogs, stretching my wings and trying new things
  3. Horses: specifically, I love my horses! They add joy to my life
  4. Dogs: again, my dogs. I don’t know how I would get along without Daisy & Bruce
  5. Animals: if it has 4 legs and a tail, I want to pet, play, cuddle with it
  6. TV: okay, I admit it, I am a tv-holic
  7. Running: definitely an addiction
  8. Yoga: my mental release
  9. Nature: water, trees, clouds; they all make me blissful and aware of what a wonderful planet we were given
  10. Showers: I do some of my best thinking in there. Plus I love just standing under that hot, hot water

and the hard part:

Things I Hate

  1. Crocs: civilization started a downward spiral the second it became acceptable to wear Crocs everywhere and anywhere, including work.
  2. Reality TV: please, make it stop…the Bachlor, the Bacholette, Married at First Sight, the Kardashians….please, please make it all stop!
  3. Mean People: everyone has bad days. But I am speaking about people who consistently get joy out of hurting others
  4. Bigots: if only people at least tried to understand why another person believed a certain thing, did a certain thing; rather than lumping them into groups and labeling them harshly.
  5. Racism: I separate this one out because bigots hate people more for what they do. Racists hate what they are. Which is incredibly stupid. How can you hate someone because they are black? Or white? Or have blue eyes? It’s genetics, and has absolutely nothing to do with who that person is.
  6. Rudeness: if I say excuse me, at least acknowledge me. Please
  7. Sleep: this is a love/hate relationship. I love to sleep, I hate that it drags me down and refuses to let me go and I waste time that could have been better spent
  8. Icy Cold: winter is fine. Snow is pretty. But when it gets below zero, I’m done
  9. Conflict: can’t we all just get along?!
  10. War: I hate that is seems unavoidable, I hate that people have to give their lives, I hate war

And the fun part:

10 other bloggers!

Casey at Adoption

AnElephantcant

Louise at Baby Gates Down

LaToya at Creative Life

CurvyLouise at CurvyLou

Prakash at ItsPH

Justin at JustinHorneker

Michael at lifeofmiblog

Sonya at Only 100 Words

Alex at Still Life with Grad Student

……and that is 10. There are so many more. These blogs are all on my reader list, so of course I think you should check them out whether or not they accept my challenge!

 

 

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