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(Washington Post)   What 20 years of dating reality shows teach us about America. CliffsNotes version: We're so farked   (washingtonpost.com) divider line
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2020-08-05 10:34:01 AM  
I dunno. The Newlywed Game proved that America has gotten its freak on for a while now...

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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2020-08-05 10:44:39 AM  
One question that plagues observers of these shows: Why would anyone sign up to be on them?!

Win a million dollars for sleeping with some guy. Beats streetwalking.
As for the other 95% of these shows, people be crazy.
 
2020-08-05 11:22:46 AM  
These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....
 
2020-08-05 11:23:02 AM  
These shows are all trash. If you watch them you really need to reconsider your life choices.
 
2020-08-05 11:26:47 AM  
I've never watched an episode of any of the shows in the article. They sounded stupid and fake. I'm pretty sure my life is better for it.
 
2020-08-05 11:27:31 AM  
Why are trans people so underrepresented?
 
2020-08-05 11:29:51 AM  

ZAZ: One question that plagues observers of these shows: Why would anyone sign up to be on them?!

Win a million dollars for sleeping with some guy. Beats streetwalking.
As for the other 95% of these shows, people be crazy.


There's no fulfillment in a lazy nation
That keeps feeding our infatuation
With the idea of being famous- Eyedea
 
2020-08-05 11:29:54 AM  

mofa: I've never watched an episode of any of the shows in the article. They sounded stupid and fake. I'm pretty sure my life is better for it.


This.  Although even if they were 100% real I wouldn't watch them.

Reality TV:  There is nothing real about them.

/Except COPS, that is real.  Or was, anyhow.
 
2020-08-05 11:33:23 AM  
It teaches me - or rather confirms a known that there is a broad and dismal gulf between me and the pathetic consumers of humanity's animal instincts.
 
2020-08-05 11:34:05 AM  

litheandnubile: Why are trans people so underrepresented?


Because they are a very small minority?
 
2020-08-05 11:35:23 AM  
You know how to not be farked?

NEVER, EVER watch that trash.

Mission accomplished on my part.
 
2020-08-05 11:36:02 AM  
What's next? Using game show winnings to determine the history of workers wages and the upward mobility of women based upon prizes?
 
2020-08-05 11:38:55 AM  

meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....


I know, right?  TV shows about 20 dudes all vying for the attention of one attractive female.  This is the Tinder generation, it's a thousand guys for every one female.
 
2020-08-05 11:39:47 AM  
My girlfriend recently revealed to me that she's been watching the Australian version of a show called "Love Island." I have never watched any of these "dating" """reality""" shows before, so I gave it a few episodes.

Never again. Even with the heavily manufactured and produced "drama," it just...wasn't entertaining. And I watch some pretty stupid shows.
 
2020-08-05 11:41:05 AM  
If you needed an article to tell you this, you're part of the problem.
 
2020-08-05 11:41:09 AM  
In 1981 the movie Shock Treatment was released.  It was marketed as a sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It would be better described as "brought to you by the same people" as it wasn't a sequel as most people think of it.  The critics hated it for two reasons.  The first was, well as a sequel it was bad.  Looking at it years later it actually wasn't that bad if viewed on its own.  Maybe a little rushed and could use some editing but not a stinker.

The second reason, though, was the kicker.  One of the movie's themes was basically "reality television."  The critics thought that this was the most stupid idea they have ever seen and that there is no way the American public would ever accept such a crazy idea.

I guess they were half right.
 
2020-08-05 11:42:32 AM  

Claude Ballse: What's next? Using game show winnings to determine the history of workers wages and the upward mobility of women based upon prizes?

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2020-08-05 11:43:08 AM  

meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....


They are designed to appeal to base instincts associated with social bonding, mating and sexual reproduction.

Like dog breeder who wants valuable puppies to sell - they put together their choice breed specimens and wait until someone gets pregnant.

Instead, these shows put together humans - people - and the viewers spectate at the forced mating games but nobody expects fuzzy, cute puppies at the end of the show.
 
2020-08-05 11:43:14 AM  
Lowest common denominator...
 
2020-08-05 11:43:26 AM  
they are desperate for content.
 
2020-08-05 11:46:05 AM  

Watubi: meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....

I know, right?  TV shows about 20 dudes all vying for the attention of one attractive female.  This is the Tinder generation, it's a thousand guys for every one female.


And 75% of those women are spambots.
 
2020-08-05 11:46:30 AM  
I would have blamed Road Rules.
 
2020-08-05 11:46:54 AM  

nobody11155: In 1981 the movie Shock Treatment was released.  It was marketed as a sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It would be better described as "brought to you by the same people" as it wasn't a sequel as most people think of it.


I have a VHS copy of Shock Treatment and more than a sequel, I would call it "The Further Adventures of Brad and Janet"

In unrelated news, much like dating shows, I like some of these house flipping shows.
I like one called Zombie House Flipping.

I go in knowing not one minute of the show is "real"
Everything is staged from the condition of many of the houses, to finding an alligator in the pool.
I enjoy seeing the house renovation and I enjoy the goofy (albeit staged) interactions with the "hosts"
 
2020-08-05 11:47:04 AM  
The fact that these shows are even on the air says a lot about our society as a whole.
 
2020-08-05 11:47:05 AM  
It might have been cheaper to cast a reality show after the effects of the writers strike in 2007. The cost of having real talent and writers hurt the industry and led us further into the wasteland.
 
2020-08-05 11:48:17 AM  

NM Volunteer: Watubi: meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....

I know, right?  TV shows about 20 dudes all vying for the attention of one attractive female.  This is the Tinder generation, it's a thousand guys for every one female.

And 75% of those women are spambots.


Honestly, 75% seems low.  In my experience it's more like 95%, with the balance being grifters using the app as a free dinner machine.
 
2020-08-05 11:48:24 AM  
What 20 years of dating reality shows teach us about America.


Rent, don't buy.
 
2020-08-05 11:50:47 AM  

litheandnubile: Why are trans people so underrepresented?


That show would be farking a riot. I'd totally watch it. A bunch of narcissistic alpha males vying for the affection of "Becky". And then one by one they learn that she's really "Barry".
 
2020-08-05 11:51:27 AM  

Robo Beat: NM Volunteer: Watubi: meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....

I know, right?  TV shows about 20 dudes all vying for the attention of one attractive female.  This is the Tinder generation, it's a thousand guys for every one female.

And 75% of those women are spambots.

Honestly, 75% seems low.  In my experience it's more like 95%, with the balance being grifters using the app as a free dinner machine.


Full dinner dates are awful as a first date.
 
2020-08-05 11:53:53 AM  
This is the future the incels want.
 
2020-08-05 11:55:10 AM  
I had no idea there were so many of them

I haven't seen a one
 
2020-08-05 11:55:15 AM  

meat0918: Robo Beat: NM Volunteer: Watubi: meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....

I know, right?  TV shows about 20 dudes all vying for the attention of one attractive female.  This is the Tinder generation, it's a thousand guys for every one female.

And 75% of those women are spambots.

Honestly, 75% seems low.  In my experience it's more like 95%, with the balance being grifters using the app as a free dinner machine.

Full dinner dates are awful as a first date.


I don't disagree, but clearly there are enough suckers out there to make it worth the effort of that grifter contingent.  At least they're usually transparent about it.
 
2020-08-05 11:56:12 AM  
We've reached peak market manipulation.  Reality TV serves the same purpose socially as the current political climate:

Bring out the absolute worst in as many people as possible, and make as much money from it as you can.  Ensure them that they are entitled to be shiatty, and that anyone who criticizes what they like is their enemy.
 
2020-08-05 11:58:49 AM  
One great big festering neon distraction
I've a suggestion to keep you all occupied
Learn to swim...

---TOOL, Aenima
 
2020-08-05 11:59:11 AM  

SansNeural: litheandnubile: Why are trans people so underrepresented?

Because they are a very small minority?


If the audience for RuPaul's Drag Race was limited to actual transvestites, it would not have lasted 13 seasons.
 
2020-08-05 12:00:13 PM  

iamskibibitz: litheandnubile: Why are trans people so underrepresented?

That show would be farking a riot. I'd totally watch it. A bunch of narcissistic alpha males vying for the affection of "Becky". And then one by one they learn that she's really "Barry".


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2020-08-05 12:00:28 PM  

ZAZ: One question that plagues observers of these shows: Why would anyone sign up to be on them?!

Win a million dollars for sleeping with some guy. Beats streetwalking.
As for the other 95% of these shows, people be crazy.


The bigger question is "Why does anyone watch them?"
 
2020-08-05 12:02:56 PM  
I've never watched a single minute of any of them. I see the ads though. Looks trashy.
 
2020-08-05 12:03:54 PM  

iamskibibitz: litheandnubile: Why are trans people so underrepresented?

That show would be farking a riot. I'd totally watch it. A bunch of narcissistic alpha males vying for the affection of "Becky". And then one by one they learn that she's really "Barry".


Also, the star of that show was assaulted multiple times after it was filmed, and probably eventually murdered.

So maybe appealing to that kind of outdated sophomoric sentiment isn't the best thing for trans people, even if you meant it in a way that pokes fun at douchebags.
 
2020-08-05 12:04:41 PM  

litheandnubile: Why are trans people so underrepresented?


I used to have a few trans people in my group of friends. It's been a while, but to answer your question:

Trans people, and homosexual people, have a *very* different take on dating than non-trans/non-gay people. The dating scene they operate in is nearly *completely* different.

The dating shows have relation to their actual dating lives, is what I'm saying. They wouldn't want to be on one of those shows, and wouldn't *need* to be on one of those dating shows.

Those groups tend to be very practical and up-front with dating and sex. Playing "dating games" is not typically something they want to do.

What I'm saying is, they are *better* at dating. They have no illusions.
 
2020-08-05 12:08:50 PM  
Calm your tits, Subby.

These shows, and the entire genre of reality tv, are creepy and exploitative and there's no reason for anyone to watch them... but the US has 1,761 commercial television stations, broadcasting 42,264 hours of content every single day. The existence and commercial survival of any one piece of programming does not say that much about the culture as a whole.
 
2020-08-05 12:12:49 PM  

hubiestubert: I dunno. The Newlywed Game proved that America has gotten its freak on for a while now...

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I loved that show.
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2020-08-05 12:18:12 PM  

Z-clipped: iamskibibitz: litheandnubile: Why are trans people so underrepresented?

That show would be farking a riot. I'd totally watch it. A bunch of narcissistic alpha males vying for the affection of "Becky". And then one by one they learn that she's really "Barry".

Also, the star of that show was assaulted multiple times after it was filmed, and probably eventually murdered.

So maybe appealing to that kind of outdated sophomoric sentiment isn't the best thing for trans people, even if you meant it in a way that pokes fun at douchebags.


Looking at the article it seems it's suspected she was murdered for opposing human trafficking, not because she was trans.

That said, Ow My Balls is the future, final and ultimate form of reality show. Look for it on Netflix next spring.
 
2020-08-05 12:20:34 PM  

meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....


Here is a news: "Reality" shows don't reflect reality.
 
2020-08-05 12:27:12 PM  
That "reality" shows shouldn't be a thing?
 
2020-08-05 12:32:50 PM  

awruk!: meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....

Here is a news: "Reality" shows don't reflect reality.


You've got to wonder what foreigners think about it though...
 
2020-08-05 12:35:20 PM  
This is what you wanted.

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2020-08-05 12:35:48 PM  

awruk!: meat0918: These shows don't reflect dating reality at all though....

Here is a news: "Reality" shows don't reflect reality.


You mean....

Survivor is fake?!?!?!

FML.
 
2020-08-05 12:41:42 PM  
The shows listed after the early 2000's have an audience of bored older straight married women, so this says nothing about dating at all. Next and Flavor of Love were pure garbage, but were a great way to kill time in the days before internet streaming. The kids these days call it a cringe-watch.
 
2020-08-05 12:49:07 PM  

StatelyGreekAutomaton: Looking at the article it seems it's suspected she was murdered for opposing human trafficking, not because she was trans.


Right.  I'm sure her being trans and in the public eye had nothing to do with it.
 
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