15 August 2010

Reality TV

These days, there are reality shows for... well... everything. I was just watching Heli-Loggers with my dad, a reality show about loggers who use helicopters. He also watches Ice Road Truckers and Whale Wars... My aunt is addicted to Real Housewives. I know several people who watch 16 and Pregnant and Teen Mom (hate those shows, but that's another conversation for another day). There really are reality shows about everything.

But what about things that matter (ok, I guess these other shows are things that matter to other people, but things that matter to me haha) - like our military personnel? I realize that the government would probably never allow a reality show about military families. There's no way they could control what would be aired and who knows what kind of face certain families would give the military. But what about one for the widows? We are no longer "government property" and that is REAL. Widows are certainly some of the strongest, funniest, most interesting people I know. It would definitely give Americans a sneak peak into what we face, day to day, after one of America's military has fallen. It would definitely give faces and names to the stories... And it would probably make for some very interesting TV. I'm not saying I really want my whole life on TV for display (I mean, it's already here on the internet, but at least I decide what I'm going to talk about) but I just think it's an interesting idea. Definitely might put things in perspective for people... Just sayin'

15 comments:

  1. I totally agree! Reality tv should have more substance and be about stuff that matters.

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  2. On Wednesday there is a new series starting called "Surviving the cut" and it is on Discovery. It is about making SF. It looks pretty interesting.

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  3. I like this idea! Hah watch it will actually happen here in the next few months.

    Also, completely random but I remember you writing that you wanted to join the military way back when (or were thinking about it). Is this something you still think about? Just curious :)

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  4. Yay!! The post has returned! I have sooo many great ideas for our next money maker! ;)

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  5. I think that anything that could give 'civilians' a clearer picture of what is actually happening could only be a good thing. There are families and faces and women and babies and children and men and parents behind all these war statistics. I wish everyone could realize that. Maybe something like that would help.

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  6. I had a casting director for a docu-reality series sponsored by the USO approach me through my blog. I'll pass you a link to sign up if you are interested.

    WWW.ROADTOREUNION.COM

    I know you don't get a reunion but I think your story is important and needs to get out there. Let me know what you think.

    ~Sue
    http://armylifeadventures.blogspot.com

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  7. Oh I just saw a reality show about a Pawn shop! Ha, really are we getting that hard up for real tv that we want to sit and watch people pawn their stuff!?!

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  8. I think they would end up exploiting all the gold star families and using it to further a liberal agenda because for the most part the media is very liberal and out of touch with reality. I would HATE to see that happen to any one of the loved ones that have lost their hero, most especially you and the my friends who I personally know. Did you ever see the MTV show "True Life"..they did a show on some Camp Lejeune Marines called "I'm coming home from War" I can't find it online anywhere anymore and I thought they got it all wrong, one of the kids had PTSD obviously and I felt they exploited him so badly. I just don't think people care. Maybe if it was done by other Gold Stars and than maybe it would be ok, but honestly I don't think people care enough about us, or gold stars or the military in general. I am sorry to be so brutally honest about it but my family was a gold star family too and no one ever cared about my mom, grand mom ...me and my sister, only the other Marines and military people...except to pity us. I may be wrong, hope I am, but if I was right it would kill me to see it.

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  9. So, hopefully a network rep will see your post and pick up the idea, and you can be the first one casted! :)

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  10. Being a widow, as much as it would be interesting to watch and informative for others, it would be extremely stressful if they screwed up my image ON TOP of everything else going on. I've dealt with the media some over the years with Cleve being injured and they always misconstrue the things you say. I always hear about how bad reality t.v. is about making things seem differently than they really are. It would scare me. Besides, I can hardly cry in front of my friends, let alone a camera. I definitely couldn't do it. Maybe a documentary of some kind?

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  11. I think you're fabulous and I'd watch you if you were (hypothetically) on TV. You have a lot to teach the world about grace and courage.

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  12. That's an interesting thought...I think a documentary would be good at the very least.

    Please don't judge me...I'm obsessed with the Kardashians. And LA Ink. And cake/food shows. I know they don't matter but I can't help myself! :-(

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  13. i found you after you left a kind word on my sight about my Dragon and me. i love the idea about a reality show for military widows, all of us, younger ones with children or without, older widows of veterans, all across the spectrum of women whose men were in the military though i admit i would favor the Marine Corps side of it all.

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  14. Actually...
    I'm a film major (along with being a military girlfriend/intended) and I was thinking about gathering funds to create a mini series to create something along the lines of this. It ISN'T fair that we sit down and rot our brains out watching people trying to choose which expensive bag to buy (Seriously America??) It would be an interesting project for sure! :) (I'll let you know when I get started)

    AND! You're in my prayers. Really :)

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