I don’t watch any so-called "Reality TV" shows because they’re not entertaining to begin with — as well as the fact that they’ve caused nothing but trouble in the real world, and have been ever since the genre was both born and started to get out of control. The most recent example of that happened a few days ago when James Lee’s demented grudge against Discovery Communications (which owns the Discovery Channel and TLC) nearly resulted in him blowing up its Maryland offices — and all because he believed that shows like Kate Plus Eight that air on both Discovery and TLC were adding to the world’s eventual destruction via human overpopulation. I don’t know if I agree with that — though I do know that shows like Kate Plus Eight are already a travesty to the television industry, and should have never been aired in the first place.
I’ve had my own personal problems in the past as far as mental illness is concerned — I’ve also had my personal beefs against so-called "Reality TV" shows like American Idol, and have been criticized as a result of it. However, time has taught me many lessons — including how to resist giving in to a craze that has already damaged the integrity of the television industry as a whole. Lee, however, believed that death and violence would force Discovery Communications — and the rest of the world — to see things his way. It’s an old and stupid idea that’s brought nothing but trouble — in more ways than one. Luckily, the three people held hostage by Lee weren’t injured or killed — whether or not they actually watch shows like Kate Plus Eight, I couldn’t say.
If there’s a lesson to be learned from all this, it’s that threats and violence which border on the insane only lead to trouble (a lesson that Lee learned too late) — and that both those with serious mental and/or anger issues (like Lee) and unrepentant criminals shouldn’t have any access to both firearms and explosives, especially if they use them to threaten and kill innocents who are simply standing in their way, something that organizations like The National Rifle Association should keep in mind. And if Discovery Communications executives are smart, they’ll cancel TV shows like Kate Plus Eight immediately — one reminder why so-called "Reality TV" shows have already have worn out their welcome.
— John Lavernoich
September 3, 2010
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