In just the last hour I have come to the conclusion of a very BIG dilemma indeed. It’s a decision that may not sit right with some people; but I have left you the option for the right of reply if you do so desire.
So, onto the dilemma at hand; I’ve been wondering what to do about the series BIG- Extreme Makeover currently airing on the Nine Network. For the past week, I have been given the role as the site’s reality TV blogger (or so I assume), and therefore it is my role to blog about all things reality TV.
I respect that many people would believe that although I have been given the job to blog on a specific topic, it should be my choice on what I ultimately blog about in that particular field. I do however feel that as this is a job and I like to write for people’s interests; it should be YOU who decides what is covered in the reality television realm and what is not; therefore deciding what is appropriate for me to blog about and more importantly; what YOU want me to blog about. More on this point later.
As I said, I have been wondering about BIG- Extreme Makeover; and what I have been wondering about is whether or not it is a reality TV program; or just a lifestyle factual.
My personal definition of a reality program is one that features people as contestants set to competitively perform a task; or a series of tasks, sometimes using the implementation of game play and strategy while following strict rules sometimes including abiding by a process of elimination, in order to achieve a common aim and/or outcome with an added monetary or physical incentive (prize money or otherwise) as a reward for completing such aim.
In contrast, my definition of lifestyle factual is a documentary style show that follows a person, group of people, a fad or a system which attempts to relate to the everyday wellbeing and experiences of the viewers by offering an emotional, self-improving or fly-on the wall approach to the topic of interest.
BIG- Extreme Makeover has elements of both of these genres. While it features contestants trying to achieve a common aim with a physical incentive (similar to The Biggest Loser and The Farmer Wants a Wife); their stories have an overall goal of sending viewers on an emotional or self-improving journey and does not include any competitive game play nor does it ask the participating people to use their own resources to complete any given tasks.
In reality TV shows; no matter what background; the contestants are left to their own devices for a good majority of the time. Whether on The Amazing Race, which gives little or no help to contestants, or The Biggest Loser which, although provides trainers and other personnel to help the contestants through their journey, has a strong approach to competitive game play requiring contestants to use their own interpersonal skills to strategise and win tasks, all reality TV shows require contestants to ‘compete’; whether against each other, or against the elements.
Some would argue that The Farmer Wants a Wife would be in the same boat as BIG, as it doesn’t have eliminations; nor is there competition among contestants while at the same time, the two shows do indeed have a common goal for the contestants to reach. The key difference between these two shows is that on BIG, the goal is common for all participants; but the journey is individual. On The Farmer Wants a Wife; there may not be a need for one contestant to succeed over another to achieve a better outcome; but their journey’s are of one entity.
I too would argue that there IS competition on The Farmer Wants a Wife. Each competitor must pull out all stops to find and ultimately woo the person of their choice. The person of their choice may not see the contestant as the person of theirs. In this case; the contestant must compete for the prize that is their person of choice by strategizing within themselves how best to go about wooing them.
There are no winners in this show as there are in BIG, but there can be losers.
I’m bubbling on now;’ but overall, BIG is not like this. There is a common goal; with individual journeys; there is no limit, or no standard in which the participants must achieve; there is no one in their way to stop them from achieving their goal; only people who help.
In conclusion; I have decided that BIG is not a reality television show and I will therefore not cover it.
As you may know; my blogs are long; and I give up time to write these blogs. I love doing this and plan to do it for a very long time and could blog on anything and everything television; but to keep whatever quality you may see in my blogs to the utmost; I want to only blog what I need to blog. As I classify BIG as a factual and not a reality program; I don’t need to blog it; so I wont.
But as I said; I blog for you! If you feel it is a reality and wants it covered; tell me and I’ll do it! Obviously the more who request it, the more in depth I’ll go. Please comment below with your thoughts.
I don’t want anyone arguing with my points, though; I don’t want anyone telling me my points are nonsensical; if you don’t agree with what I’ve said; please don’t attack me; just state that you believe it is a reality television show; and want me to blog it.
I wanted to blog this to show you my thought processes. Some of you may expect me to blog it; so I wanted to clear this up.