Why are game shows teaching people to scream, jump and jump on other people and things?
My Mother likes to watch game shows: The Price is Right, Let’s Make a Deal, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, and the odd other. Wheel of Fortune is the only game show I haven’t seen anyone jump on the host. But they do scream, sometimes. I don’t think it is especially encouraged there. But, all the others seem to work people up into a frenzy.
I’m sure its a marketing thing. Getting people to show all that excitement helps promote the products, whatever they are. A game show can have people jumping all over the place and screeching over winning a pen and paper. Then they drop a car into the mix to keep everyone on their toes and crazy excited.
I can see how it works for the shows and the marketing which is what the shows are really about. Selling stuff to the public.
But, all this rabid excitement, the screaming and jumping, isn’t good for people. That level of excitement, in our past, would have been over seeing a large predator about to kill and eat us.
Have you noticed TV shows and movies and even commercials are all about excitement. They are louder, more colourful, bigger reactions (over reactions), far more emotions and being very emotional and sensitive. Its all gone over the top.
What kind of people are they turning us into?
Of course, its great for marketing. The goal of marketing is to make people feel they need more stuff. Marketing preys on people, as I have written before. Not just to sell us stuff but to make us feel we really need all that stuff. What would we be without blinding white teeth?
But, the funny thing, watching these game shows, we look more and more like prey. But, there are no big predators, no monsters, right?