Can't say much expect "grrrrrrr!". This has only just started screening here.. and I don't know why, but I have strong feelings about what should and shouldn't be on TV. Couples being tempted into cheating on their long term partners for the good of ratings? It's sick. Absolutely sick.
Yay for Battlebots! I have to agree that I don't like Temptation Island at all. It just seems very wrong to seperate couples and put them with people who's entire mission is to cause them to break up. Now I know that some people will say that basically that's what the world is like, but I really don't think it's quite that ruthless. Personally I just don't like the show at all, and I wouldn't miss it at all if they took it off the air.
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I started watching the show as research for an article I am writing about exhibitionism, reality TV and webcam sites. My take on it is this:
Since they are not getting paid to be on the show nor is anyone up for a prize, their motives are more personal. I think some of them are doing it help their acting/performing careers or to get publicity for their businesses. I also think they are doing it as way to test themselves. People often do similar things without having to go on TV for the opportunity. The TV production just structures it and heightens the drama.
As an exhibitionist I can relate to the factor of showing it all. Unfortunately, Tempation Island has a high element of risk to it. In recent interviews all of the people from the show said they would never do such a thing again. The exhibitionistic elements combined with the intense sexual atmosphere was not worth any of the emotional pain they suffered.
As for the TV networks place in it, I think it has to do more with ratings and advertising revenue, than giving these couples and singles a place to experiment with and test their romantic and sexual boundaries.
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It's the reason I haven't watched TV since 1986, and the reason that shows like "Temptation Island" don't surprise me one bit. I still find them tasteless and useless. But not surprising or shocking... read the short story and you'll understand why. I think Arthur C. Clarke hit the nail on the head.
I watched part of it with friends and it actually made me feel ill. I don't understand why anyone would think they could go on and keep their relationship, I know a lot of them are doing it for reasons other than their relationship, but still! SImply by deciding that you wanted to go on the show I would think that that would show that the relationship was strained. I just personally find it disgusting that people would willingly put themselves in such a situation and then have others watch.
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I totally agree with you entropie. The show is sick. I think it is terrible to break up couples and temp them into cheating just for the sake of entertainment. It's sad to see those people ruining their relationships on that show. I can't believe that any couples even agreed to be on it. I'm surprised at what gets high ratings on television now.
Oh yeah. *WooHoo!* Battlebots rocks. I haven't had the chance to watch it lately though.
guys don't give up on TV theres always; cartoon network fox kids (anime rule) and boomerang! oh and SciFi chan when babalon 5 and "Space, Above and Beyond" i was just wondering who do they find the people do take part in this? and what kind of a person would?
******SPOILER WARNING************* Might want to skip this message if you're just now recieving the show and plan on watching it.
I didn't really like the show itself, but I did appreciate how they handled it when it came to light that one of the couples has a baby together. At least the producers have *some* sense of moral decency.
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haha, i think the show is clever! something I would put on the air, definitely. I've never seen it tho, is it really that bad? What's funny is that people go on this show and someone's gonna cheat on their lover on national tv. And lose like the contest. It's like... if you're gonna cheat... why dont you just find someone AFTER the show is over with??
This goes against all my beliefs of "stop blaming everything else for your emotional problems" but TV will be the death of us. All these shows trying to tell us what we should be like... c'mon, how many of us have made some sort of judgements on whats normal or right based on what the TV said??
There's a movie I just saw like 2 days ago... 15 Minutes. I think everybody who can go see it should go see it. It's a great artistic look at the effects of the media in modern society, and it is cleverly disguised as a gory, cop vs bad guy action movie.
BUT... see TV is like sex! oh my gosh, a clever comparison! Some people just shouldnt be watching TV. it will affect their judgement, and cause them to stop thinking for themselves, etc etc. And some people shouldnt be having sex; theyre not emotionally ready, or not responsible enough, etc etc. But if you can handle TV (or sex) there's absolutely NO HARM IN IT, it's just all good fun! *thumbs up*
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