In these vacations, I had the fortune and misfortune of watching some really awesome performances on the reality shows. Those exquisite dance moves, those heart-touching melodious voice, the cooking under stress… it was my fortune to see their performances but to see those great artists under the deception was my misfortune.
You may start vigorously defending reality show’s merits. There are many, but as I said, a lot of it is deception:
1. This is your only chance: “Aaj ek mauka hai aapke paas”. This line is repeatedly said again and again till your mind starts believing in it. An illusion is created as if it’s a succeed-or-fail-in-life situation, which can be no further away from the truth. Pick any successful person. He/she failed a lot of times and rose again and conquered. Steve Jobs kicked out of his own company. Donald Trump bankrupted 4 times. Zuckerburg’s P2P software was a flop. Chris Gardener (on whose Life Pursuit of Happiness was made)… Abraham Lincoln… The list goes on. There is no final chance.
2. Increase pseudo-esteem: We common people simply love this kind of shows. Where in the world can a common man get so much respect, and that too from such big celebrities in a society that is ready to crush him. You are an instant star. But what happens after the show? Public idol is replaced by someone else. Certainly, the main industry guys are not going to treat a newbie as a star. Otherwise why are the contestants who are so praised never seen in their films/songs?
3. Cozy upto your boss/kiss an idiot’s ass: In order to rise up the ranks, you have to be in good books of your boss/seniors. More often than not, pure talent cannot drive you in the world. There are politics, water-cooler talks, the bureaucracy whirlpool which can suck the passion out of you and none of these realities are taught. Try recalling the names of winners (if you can) and see where they stand today.
4. Big Boss kinds: Writing about it would be a sheer waste of precious time…
Competitive reality shows are just branding of old TV shows which used to show performances. Their producers are after all corporate players, who are willing to fill up their pockets and in this way, by selling dreams. Tell them you are here to entertain audience, you can learn a lot, create some useful contacts but don’t play with their childhood ambition and tell you are going to be star. Plus we should continue enjoying them but not under a deception.
It’s as if a college is advertising, “Enroll in our college and be a world-famous entrepreneur.”