While I was racking my brain trying to come up with a topic of focus for my remix project, I had the Real Housewives of Orange County on in the background (yes, I am guilty of indulging in watching mindless television when I have some downtime). And as the women picked fight after stupid fight with each other, I could help but think about how much their selfish behavior was at the core of their arguments.
That got me thinking about all of the reality TV shows on air at the moment: Keeping Up with the Kardashians, all of the shows on E!, MTV shows, Bravo shows, and countless others. What was the message they were trying to impart? There has to be something, right? Maybe they’re designed to show us (the viewers) how television, and technology in general, has enabled us to connect with each other.
If that’s the case, then why are we all so disconnected? That’s one of the major themes running through young adult literature at the moment, most prominently featured in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The people in the Districts of Panem could have stopped the Hunger Games had they simply refused to watch, but because everyone was too focused on the needs of their individual families, the humanity and compassion for each other had all but disappeared.
Reality shows have the same affect on us. Each of the shows exist because they feed on the assumption that everyone wants to become rich and famous, not as a result of great talent or dedication to a craft or skill, but for being themselves.
Some of the images I’m hoping to incorporate are clips from various reality shows, such as a compilation from the Real Housewives, The Kardashians, The Bad Girls Club, Wipe Out!, and many others against a soundtrack of “Money Make the World Go Around,” the theme song from The Apprentice, or a pop song that emphasizes the selfish mentality that seems to permeate the world today. I’m also thinking of incorporating a brief history of TV and incorporating some clips from the news to begin my remix and then switch over to clips from reality TV, much like the beginning of Imagine This by Caltv.
This is a topic that I’ve wanted to explore as I’ve noticed this trend in society. It’s also one of the major underlying themes of my novel for my Master’s project. My family has always called me an old soul, and trying to fit into, or at the very least understand, this self-absorbed and ego-centric mentality of my generation and younger generations has been difficult. This remix project has provided me with the opportunity to further explore this topic. I’m excited to see how the project will turn out.