I’ll be running posts like this every once in a while whenever I’ve got opinions to give on SOTF. You may not agree with ’em, you may not think what I’m saying is reasonable. If you’re super offended, I reckon you can take it to court, not that I care.
Topic today is overexposure. I’ve heard the rumors – they’re doing more seasons each year. And when I look at the data, yeah, they might be. They were only doing four back in the day, and now they’re doing an average of five a year. 2016 they did seven, but if I remember correctly, they were right to cut it back.
See, I can understand the execs’ mentality. More seasons, more money. Easy. Here’s the problem.
Remember people complainin’ about showboats? Camera muggers? Mindless sex appeal? I’m talking to the more analysis-prone of you out there, not the preteens and teenagers that are perfectly fine with watching it for the drama and the gore. And that’s fine, far as I see it, but if you’re one of those people, I will warn you it gets old fast after the first few seasons of that.
Overexposure does that to people. See, here’s the thing. SOTF-TV is in a way a reflection of our society; look at how well endorsed and popular it is. But there’s a necessary dissonance. We aren’t endorsing murder and chaos in our everyday lives, and we shouldn’t. We watch SOTF-TV for more than the blood. To overexpose SOTF to the point where people start thinking it’s a normal thing, I reckon that’s a big problem. It doesn’t lend itself to natural reactions anymore. It warps the moral code, gives people the idea to plan their SOTF “story” before they even get grabbed. Kids start talking to the cameras like they’re actors, or showing off their… assets. Fame corrupts, after all.
If we so badly want the naturalistic approach to it, make gettin’ put on SOTF a surprise. It’s why they grab kids randomly. It’s why they never say beforehand.
So we shouldn’t overexpose the show – for the sake of the show itself.