Big Brother

Big Brother

No, not politics. The inane TV show makes a return. It was advertised last night with the slogan 'say goodbye to your summer'. No thanks.

This is brain-dead TV which appeals to the lowest common denominator in our society. It's manufactured 'celebrity' is hard (though not impossible) to avoid.

I like Channel 4, E4 and More 4. They bring me 'ER' and 'The Daily Show', they brought me 'The West Wing'. They bring documentary, news. They bring Tony Soprano - however, in the summer they undermine all that goodwill with non-stop drivel of the first degree (there is drivel throughout the rest of the year, with things like 'Sex in Court', but this is easy to ignore).

For people who know that Big Brother is trash but get sucked in anyway, please, for the love of whatever world-view you hold dear, give it a wide berth. Avoid newspapers that replace news with endless 'Popsy was mean to Tiddles' stories (they often have odd names), avoid the TV channels showing it. If you pick up that a company sponsors it, avoid them.... please!

Big Brother next week? Thank goodness I can use my remote and avoid direct exposure - however, it's very tricky to avoid the incidental exposure in all the other thousands of media outlets.

To anyone who isn't channel 4 - do remember that Big Brother is your competitor, it shouldn't appear on the BBC for instance!

Big Brother

So, Big Brother, that abomination of 'popular' culture is over for another year. By and large it's passed me by, Channel 4 and related channels become so devoted to the programme that it has virtually nothing else worth watching, so I forget all about the channels until the autumn. The West Wing - Complete Season 1The West Wing - Complete Season 7With the exception of 'The West Wing' (which is now over, and I'm now eagerly awaiting both Studio 60 and my West Wing season 7 DVD).

In addition, as I don't read the tabloids, the whole phenomenon has largely passed me by. Bliss. Occasionally there has been a headline spotted in a newsagent, or on the BBC News website (why?) but for the most part, blissful ignorance.

I can't think of a single worse piece of television than watching a bunch of housebound nobodies getting bored at each other...

Despite knowing basically nothing about it this year, I was aware that it was going on through these peripheral glimpses - and the whole phenomenon seemed to go on for longer this year. Did they have double the people, or simply was the coverage that I caught in my peripheral vision simply that much more tiresome?

No, on second thoughts, please don't give me details.

Why am I mentioning it at all, in that case?

Well, I was browsing the BBC news website and came across this gem in a talkback on the programme of brain-death:

"For every fan there must be ten people who think it's like watching paint dry."

Jim - I've spent the last 2 months in a research lab and haven't watched a single episode of Big Brother. I am, however, studying the evaporation of dyed liquids. I can honestly say that the drying of paint is a much more fascinating and beautiful process than Big Brother ever will be.

It would probably also get more viewers.

Perfect.