Removed the rant about the wage gap, because I'm tired and my brain hurts.
Grr. A week's vacation, and I have to go back to work next week. For a descendant of Puritans, I have a crappy work ethic. Then again, I get a giggle out of those Florida vacation commercials with pharmacists thanking Americans for working themselves sick and not using their vacation time.
Thinking of commercials, I'm disturbed by a Geico commercial. You know the ones that pretend to be something else? I saw it a long time ago, but I'd forgotten about it. This one pretends to be for a new reality show, and the punchline is, "The drama is real... but it won't save you money on car insurance!" The thing is, I can usually tell when it's going to be a Geico commercial. But reality shows are getting so absurd that when they showed scenes from a show purportedly about a pair of newlyweds moving into a house that was built at half-size, I didn't automatically think "parody," and instead thought, "You know, it was only a matter of time." I was relieved by the Geico ending, but disturbed by the fact that the show is plausible in the reality TV milieu. I like American Idol fine, but... shudder. I tried watching Simple Life: Interns, or at least leaving it on between AI and the news, and, um... I was doing other things and I still found it necessary to turn the TV off. I mean, as glad as I am that Paris Hilton has found gainful employment in this market--it must have been tough for her--I just couldn't even deal with it as background noise.
Part of my problem is as a writer, of course--the reason networks are pushing these shows is that you don't need a writer, not really, for a reality show (though I'm sure parts of it are scripted). Writers come cheap by Hollywood standards, but costing nothing is always better than costing a little bit. And aren't writers devalued enough out there? You turn in a script and some producer/director with a "vision" chops it and hacks it until it resembles nothing except whatever was popular the last time the studio checked, and...
Well, doesn't matter. At least a hacked up and mutilated script is a script. This reality trend has basically said, "Eh, who needs writers? Anyone can make stuff up!" And you all know how much I love that attitude.
Of course, they can be cheapskates about performers as well. Unknown newbies on a reality show undoubtedly come much cheaper than union actors.
Just being crabby.