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PostSubject: Tru TV = Cower in fear TV?   Tue 05 Jan 2010, 12:48 pm

Have you guys seen much Tru TV? I’m sure you’ve seen some of it as it’s the channel with Jesse Ventura’s show. I don’t have TV so I only see highlights from youtubes that people post or sometimes I catch some TV when visiting a friend’s place. Last night I was hanging out with a friend and his wife had Tru TV on, I saw there and watched it for about 20
minutes. I think it was a show called ‘Repo’, there may be more to the name but it was basically a ‘reality’ show where they show people who haven’t kept up with their debts getting their stuff repo’ed. You know those reality show’s where it is supposed to be ‘real’ life but there is always a camera man conveniently setup to catch all the action and no one even asks why he is there or even looks at him.


While I was watching it they showed two different people getting their vehicles repo’ed. The first one was a guy and he tried to stop them from taking his truck. He didn’t really try to hurt them he just physically got in their way and try to hold them back from taking his truck. He ends up getting pepper sprayed and then his friends pepper sprays one of the repo
guys. Everyone calms down at this point because the guy who owns the truck starts freaking out saying he is blind and is worried he will be permanently blind from the pepper spray. The repo guy who got sprayed is obviously in some pain from it but is handling it okay and isn’t blinded. Then end up calling the cops and paramedics because the guy is freaking out about being blind, by the time the cops get there he is acting really pathetic, he is on the grass holding the one of the repo guys kind of in an embrace because he is in so much pain – it reminded me about how you hear about torture victims embracing their torturers. Then after that they cut to face to face interviews with the guy where he is talking about the event after it happened. He goes on about how his vision started to come back the next day and how he was just happy to be able to see again. The weird thing for me was that he didn’t even seem to think he shouldn’t have resisted in the first place, it seemed to be more along the lines of “well I tried but I almost lost my eyesight so I am glad to still have that”.


Then they go to the next person, this time it’s a girl, not overweight and fairly attractive. They try to repo her ’94 Ford Escort, the car is so cheap where if you thought it was real you would assume it would be really easy to pay off. She completely flips out trying to stop them, she tries to get in the car and drive off but they don’t let her even open the door. They threaten to taser her but never do it for some reason. One of the repo persons is a woman, a huge fat woman, I’m bad at guess weight but I would guess close to or over 300 lbs. The kind of person you would assume survives by having a desk job and hardly moves around at all, only in the show she has a very active job where she is fighting with people as they repo stuff. It ends up in this weird scene where the fat woman has the skinny woman pinned to the ground using her fat to subdue her. It seemed to me like they were dropping hints that it is better to be fat so you can defend your self or at least help fat people feel better about themselves because that is a good thing about being fat. Reminded me of an old Hot Topics shirt my friend had that said “fat people are harder to kidnap”. I’m not trying to be meaning to people who have eating problems, I just think that how common it is to be fat and unhealthy combined with genetic and fast food is a big part of how the system tries to maintain control – this seemed like propaganda for that.

The only other Tru TV shows I’ve seen are the Ventura show, some show where it showed random people being busted for non-violent crimes by off duty cops, and a show about scary mythological animals. Seems like the whole station is there to scare people into being pacified, maybe I’m wrong as I haven’t seen much of it or maybe it’s already obvious to those of you who have seen more than me.

These shows seem idiotic on the surface but it seems like they have layers of meaning and
they keep me thinking for awhile, it helps for me to write my thoughts down and here what you guys think.
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PostSubject: Re: Tru TV = Cower in fear TV?   Tue 05 Jan 2010, 2:17 pm

From what you describe in the repo show, which I have not seen or heard of before, I would argue that the entire events are staged, scripted, and played-out by paid actors.

These repo people have no authority to inflict bodily harm on anyone in pursuit of property that they claim they own. That is a fellony.

The repo show is designed either to drive fear into the public about the loss of their property, so that the public will cower when the repo-man finally comes, and/or it is intended to create chaos by enticing the public to emulate this violent behavior againt repossesors. Either way, society and the public is fucked if they actually take this crap seriously.

Hollywood is a serious detriment to our survival.
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PostSubject: Re: Tru TV = Cower in fear TV?   Wed 06 Jan 2010, 10:45 am

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These repo people have no authority to inflict bodily harm on anyone in pursuit of property that they claim they own. That is a fellony.

There was actually one part where one of the repo guys was holding the girls hands behind her back and she screamed "You can't do this you're not the cops". I know they aren't supposed to be able to do that, but I wonder how often that is true in practice, or if it is getting ready to be changed. Maybe this is predictive programming for that.

Have you noticed the obsession with claiming things are "real"? Usually it's a red flag that it's not real. REALITY TV, REAL cheese, REAL meat, REAL fruit flavor, etc. It sounds really sleezy at face value but people are so used to it now, it's kind of like saying "don't worry, this money isn't counterfeit" as you are paying for something. Maybe at a subconscious level people do know that reality is escaping them and being replaced, and that makes REAL a selling point.
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PostSubject: Re: Tru TV = Cower in fear TV?   Wed 06 Jan 2010, 1:00 pm

And Samsung is now using Baudrillard's "Hyperreal" to describe their new flat screen TVs. I wonder what is after "hyperreal"?
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PostSubject: Re: Tru TV = Cower in fear TV?   Wed 06 Jan 2010, 3:28 pm

Sounds like they are trying to sell it as being better than real. Why go outside and enjoy what is real when you can enjoy the hyperreal on your TV?
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PostSubject: Re: Tru TV = Cower in fear TV?   Wed 06 Jan 2010, 4:56 pm

Just look at The Matrix trilogy.... people get to do such great suff when they are connected to hyperreality. And more recently, we've got the movie Surrogates and Avatar (where even a Marine who lost his legs can fly).

We're transitioning from the Marx system of social control to some kind of virtual phantasm that people like Yochai Benkler and Clay Shirky dreamed up and helped to implement.










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PostSubject: Re: Tru TV = Cower in fear TV?   Fri 08 Jan 2010, 11:49 pm

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From what you describe in the repo show, which I have not seen or heard of before, I would argue that the entire events are staged, scripted, and played-out by paid actors.

My roommate does some small-time acting and was on that show. He said it's scripted but each character does not know what the other one is going to do (there are hints of punches so one can pretend, though), and so the confrontations some freedom regarding style. Other than that, it's fake like everything else...

Well, at least COPS is real.
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