Shaken Not Stirred

Friday, January 13, 2006

How Real is Reality?

Last night, at the prompting of my buddy Bob and friend Amee, I watched "Beauty and the Geek". Bob said he couldn't believe I missed the first season and said it was a pretty funny show. Amee told me that her brother was going to be one of the Geeks.

I tuned in and was a little amazed at some of the Geeks and some of the beauties. Some of the people seemed rather stereo-typical of their label. I'm not saying that there is a stereo-type. I certainly consider myself a geek in many ways. I sympathized with many of these guys, because I did have certain similar social anxieties while growing up.

But I'm wondering how much of it is "real" and how much of it is edited to seem more sensational than it really is. For instance, one of the beauties, couldn't even recognize John Kerry's picture. One of the Geeks couldn't name Kevin Federline as the father of Brittany Spear's baby. Although his comeback was "Brandon" (which was his own name). When the host said "That is incorrect", without skipping a beat he replied "You don't know" (implying that he could have fathered Brittainy's child.

I am going to watch the show till the end, just to see what happens to my friend's brother.


  • geeks are the new thing yo !!!

    geeks are totally in !!!

    i never watched the show, but seems funny...

    don't ever be ashamed of your geekiness.. (i don't think you are, but for the future) geeks are too cute..

    By Blogger totolehero, at 11:23 AM  

  • I watched the first season (didn't know there was going to be a second one!). It's really hard for me to believe that these people are THAT ignorant, but hey, you never know....

    I think reality TV is heavily edited, but I still just can't seem to get enough of it..

    By Blogger the_mrs, at 11:28 AM  

  • Reality tv blows--literally. They've left a bad aftertaste. Hope this guy survives it!!!

    By Anonymous Babette, at 11:50 AM  

  • All of the reality shows are not completely real. The directors and such try to get them to act in certain ways, or exaggerate.

    People don't need much in order to be entertained, though.

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 12:00 PM  

  • i think at first it was all reality, but now its become a competition thing and they want it to become more outragous than the other...kinda like jerry springer. i haven't watched this one and prolly won't, so keep us updated on those geeks! lol

    By Blogger vani, at 1:17 PM  

  • I do think that the media trys to tell the public how they should be and steriotypes them way too much. If you ask me, I am the way I am and I don't need someone to tell me what's cool and what's not. I decide that for myself. I just think that this country cares too much about money, riches and looks that they forget that not everyone thinks the same as they do.

    By Blogger Drywall Mom, at 2:20 PM  

  • What's reality and what's it got to do with me?

    By Blogger Walter, at 2:35 PM  

  • I don't take it seriously at all. I think its all staged.

    (steps on soap box)

    Why is it to that the guys are the geeks and the girls are the beauties? You never see it reveresed. Like the average joe, there was never an average jane.

    (steps down and walks away)

    By Blogger Laura:), at 2:50 PM  

  • If ashton Kutcher is behind the show how credible can it be? Seriously!

    By Blogger Ruben, at 4:38 PM  

  • i watched one part of an episode and the 'beauty' was asked "how many inches are in 3 feet?" after like 30 seconds of thinking, she replied, "umm like 64?" i was dumbstruck and turned off the television. which guy is your friend's brother? if you don't mind me asking.

    By Blogger joey♥, at 5:12 PM  

  • There is real and then there is reality tv. Best of luck to your friends geek brother.

    By Blogger :P fuzzbox, at 8:18 PM  

  • My degree is in mass communications (broadcast) with a specilization in Marketing and Video Production.

    TRUST ME!!!

    It is ALL synthesized poop that is edited out of sequence to hype the comments.

    By Blogger Greg - Cowboy in the Jungle, at 10:12 PM  

  • Don't you hate it when ya get hooked on a TV show? Damn! I forgot to program my VCR for Sunday night!

    By Blogger Anonymous Shannon, at 10:35 PM  

  • Well Angel I think you got your answers. I think they just need to change the name of the genre because it is no longer reality.

    By Blogger mrshife, at 11:03 PM  

  • never heard of it. don't have cable.

    why don't you post a pic of yourself, and we will be the judge of your geekness?

    By Blogger Badoozie, at 12:31 PM  

  • There's this really hot latina girl who works at the best buy down the street who has one of the "Geek Squad" shirts on whenever she comes into my store to eat.

    why weren't there any hot geek girls like that when I was growing up ?

    By Blogger coloradohurricane, at 12:36 PM  

  • Never seen it.
    Geeks rule the world :)

    By Blogger Cathy, at 9:46 PM  

  • Suddenly it is so cool to be a geek :-) It's good to know that even if one doesn't look like Brad Pitt one still belongs and is appreciated for it!

    By Blogger Wriju, at 1:24 PM  

  • are you watching the Flavor of Love? Now that is fake chick trying to hook up with Flava Flav...

    By Blogger LBseahag, at 1:30 PM  

  • I don't know..that one just seems too unrealistic for me. I watched a "behind the scenes" for the batchelor and they were showing how even though it was a "reality" show...they would tell them where to snuggle and when to kiss and whatever.

    By Blogger Lindsey, at 7:59 PM  

  • I loved it when that chick said "It's like I have ESPN or something"!!!! I used that all weekend!

    By Blogger sabatkes, at 12:17 AM  

  • So which guy is your friend's brother?

    There's gotta be a certain degree of unreality in every one of those reality shows. They seem entirely too dramatic!

    By Blogger ***Double_Oh_No***, at 12:00 PM  

  • Okay, It's National Whats in Your Couch Week, do you have a digital camera? if you do, i need you to post a pic of whats in your couch cushions, no cleaning first!!

    By Blogger Badoozie, at 1:32 PM  

  • I think I too have the power of ESPN.

    By Blogger The Phoenix, at 4:58 PM  

  • Hmm, Geeks are in are they ? :-D - Never watched the show, not a TV person, but if the beauty can't recognize John Kerry I am not too sure, sure seems fake !

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:02 PM  

  • Has reality TV ever actually been reality? How often are you stuck on an island with 17 castaways? How often do you compete to be an apprentice? I think true reality TV would be horribly boring. :)

    By Blogger Luke, at 10:30 AM  

  • i think it's all riggeed... for good tv... but i still get sucked in.

    By Blogger markus, at 10:51 AM  

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    By Blogger Ben Heller, at 3:27 PM  

  • Geek or Federline ?

    I know which one I would choose.

    The question about Geeks not knowing who fathered Britneys child, I would answer by saying..

    Would Kevin Chaotic know what a Geek is ?

    By Blogger Ben Heller, at 3:30 PM  

  • You want reality, look out your window. T.V. is for dulling my senses after a long day's blogging.

    By Blogger Gyrobo, at 3:45 PM  

  • never watched it myself, but I hear dthat it's actually a good show. I would be a geek, for sure.

    By Blogger Anhoni Patel, at 7:07 PM  

  • I haven't seen the show...but nowadays, it's too hard to tell if its real or staged. I think it's safer to just call it 'entertainment'.

    By Blogger Eric, at 9:18 PM  

  • I haven't seen the show...but nowadays, it's too hard to tell if its real or staged. I think it's safer to just call it 'entertainment'.

    By Blogger Eric, at 9:18 PM  

  • hmm... it seems I need to watch more tv..

    By Blogger missy, at 1:46 PM  

  • NM, no, you don't. Much of it is a drag on our minds! Wait, what's on now??

    By Blogger Luke, at 10:35 PM  

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