Tuesday, August 09, 2005

New Reality TV!

Here is an idea for a new "Reality TV" program to be called "The Book." Lock an average American in a clean, well-lit, and comfortable room with food and water for 24 hours. This room is equipped with only one piece of unelectrified technology: a book, a difficult book--say, Augustine's City of God, or Pascal's Pensees, or the Bible, or something similar. (Left Behind will be left behind.) Film the hapless soul and use time-lapsed photography (if that is what compressing the time into shorter segments is called) to "capture" his or her slow descent into insanity--or perhaps, if grace abounds, his or her slow ascent into sanity. For most, the release from this prison would be a sufficient reward.

7 comments:

MJ said...

A good idea perhaps...I am a bit more cynical.

The lowly "contestant" would pose before the camera and produce his or her own "reality" sub-plot, like "How fast can I down all the food and water using the book as a plate"...or some similar pizazz.

Josh S. said...

The point is, TV isn't a medium for thought and intelligence. Books are.

Zarathustra said...

You are too kind. I would make them read Kant.

Ted Gossard said...

I think this is a great idea. It would be the first "reality" program I'd want to watch.

MJ said...

Yes Josh...that is the obvious notion. My comment is simply in jest.

Boethius might be a good idea for the show...

Becky said...

Kant would be my weapon of choice, but I think something like Boethius or Molina might be more perplexing (believe it or not).

Michael W. Kruse said...

I was thinking something like Robinson Caruso might be good. May not have the length but it would be the perfect subject.