Ah, irony

This is a highly ironic post after my last post about my ambivalence about television, but there you have it.

I am sooooooooo happy that Uchenna and Joyce won The Amazing Race. I am not all that familiar with the show, but got kind of sucked in the last few weeks, and was really disturbed by how most of the couples behaved toward each other or toward others. But Uchenna and Joyce never put the game before being kind, loving, and decent toward one another, and even moments from the finish line, they stopped to panhandle for money to pay the cabbie what they owed him, rather than stiffing him – which from what I have heard is what other couples in the past have done.

Is it pathetic to find this reassuring about the state of humanity?

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~ by realsupergirl on May 11, 2005.

3 Responses to “Ah, irony”

  1. Of course it’s not pathetic. It’s a natural thing to respond when witnessing someone doing the “right thing” and coming out ahead.

    Conversely, in this intensely-spun, tightly managed media environment one can only expect this sort of thing gets put on the air *exactly* because it makes the audience feel good. Do you wonder what ended up being edited out of all the footage they shot for the show? A few selective edits, a word here, a look there, can completely change the audience’s perception of the message. It is easy to manipulate the context by limiting what the audience sees.

    I guess what I’m trying to say in my cynical way is that it’s OK to feel good about what you see on the air, but keep in mind that it probably only has a passing resemblance to reality.

  2. Well, all that is true, but from what I understand last season they let this abusive couple go at it pretty uninterrupted, and had no qualms about making them look better, despite protests from viewers that they at least offer some domestic violence educational spots to counter his behavior.

  3. I don’t think anyone could have watched -The Amazing Race- last season and thought Jonathan and Victoria looked “better” at any time. Every week showed his mental and (light but still disturbing) physical abuse of her. And while they didn’t put a domestic-violence hotline number on the screen like we both would have wanted, they did demonstrate they had a real problem–in a cheesy, reality TV way–by letting Dr. Phil go at them after the season.

    I agree with GrigorPDX that it is edited, but unlike many people, I have no issue with that. I’ve never thought what I was looking at was “real,” and I don’t know that it’s possible to show “real” in this format anyway.

    –TRP

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