Big brother doing what it's supposed to
Now, say what you will about the Big Brother tv show, I still think it has a purpose as an experiment in human nature.
I think it’s sad that the direction has been somewhat lost in character selection. Subsequent series to the original were bound to have to do it in order to keep the ratings up. Channel 4 have to cash in where they can I guess, but still it is a shame it is at the sacrifice of the fabric of the show.
So, getting back on track, why is it still a valid experiment? The fame factor has now dissipated. This is because winning isn’t directly related to the fame that leads on from it. All you need is a “character” and a good enough stint to show it off. 4 or five weeks tends to cover it. The difference now between the sixth series and the first is that they know people are watching.
The characters in there are still people being trapped in a house with a dozen other people, trying to form relationships and accept other peoples’ mentality, culture and ways of living. All this whilst still attempting to carry on with their own life.
A great example came in tonight’s show where Craig had a little breakdown, being “overwhelmed”. Competing for attention, not receiving his p’s and q’s had all taken its toll on him. Makosi and Science’s methods of healing didn’t help a great deal. It was Roberto’s rather shockingly friendly and reassuring manner that helped Craig shake the feeling.
Now something about those events felt very real. They may be wild and wacky people, but they are still real people.