||[Dec. 3rd, 2003|07:57 pm]
|||||i'll smell shit for hours||]|
|||||the cannanes - witchetty pole||]|
there's no way i'm gonna be able to remember all the things i was thinking during the simple life, which is just about to end. first, i can't say enough good things about it. it's definitely the best show i've seen in years, since sportsnight i think. which wouldn't have surprised the me of several years ago, i.e., the beginning of the reality era. but apart from the dating shows, which are really more like game shows, and a few episodes of the first joe millionaire, i haven't watched or followed the genre since the second season of survivor. but with the simple life, i don't know whether to say there's so much going on, or there's not that much but what's there is great. i've never judged a show before, only music and other people's actions. one of the most obvious things, but one that hasn't been played up on the show yet, is that both sides think the other leads the show's title, which doesn't need elaboration. the thing i've found most interesting, and what certainly won't get played up, is that the life of the leding family and the people they know is likely more foreign to the majority of the audience than the unattainable lives of paris hilton and nicole ritchie. i confess that i didn't grow up on a farm or in ruralia, but i'm the only one in my family who can say that. and what's more, i'm the only person in all my family who's ever lived north of the mason-dixon. which i hope gives me license to identify with the people in the simple life who aren't heiresses. on a social level, not a personal one. which all means to say that if you don't know that life first-hand, then you don't know it. but, you say, what about green acres and the beverly hillbillies and that bunch. ahh, i say, it's all the time used for laughs, but this is different - it's for real. the punchline to all that is that for most of those people who don't "know it", the jetset life is more comfortable and knowable on account of it always being in our face. (an aside: this entry was just interrupted by me finding enormous amounts of dog shit on my shoes, which i was wearing, and walking around in. the first time that's ever happened to me, although it's one of my most worried-about fears. i think this dog was unhealthy.) regardless of all that, though, i'm not tuning in for the unwitting social commentary. the show is funny. most of the humor, i guess, is of the culture-clash variety, but that's rarely been done so naturally when it's not based on race. there's more, but it's been forgotten. i can't imagine anyone not liking this show. except maybe those people who don't watch tv and tell you so no matter what the topic of conversation, which doesn't count because they enjoy not enjoying things.