The games we see

“There’s almost always some wood,” Gale says.
“Since that year half of them died of cold. Not much entertainment in that.”
It’s true. We spent one Hunger Games watching the players freeze to death at night. You could hardly see them because they were just huddled in balls and had no wood for fires or torches or anything. It was considered very anti-climactic in the Capitol, all those quiet bloodless deaths. Since then, there’s usually been wood to make fires.
The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Two weeks back, I accidently stumbled upon this reality show hosted by the larger than life hero of Bollywood and in 2 days I got hooked to this. I have not seen its predecessors and have only heard about this worldwide infamous show format. *confused..Scratching my head. How did I miss it?*
The first analogy that comes to my mind about the show is how scientists use monkeys to study learned and innate behaviors. They put couple of monkeys inside a cage and trigger external stimuli to provoke group and individual responses from them. Here, it is a bunch of individuals paid to share 60 days of their private life with public, ready to abide by the rules and complete tasks as stipulated by the game-head. The newsmonger ‘me’ watched few episodes with unwavering curiosity. *Sigh

Reality tv

As I watch more of that, I just could not understand how the show appeals to me at all. A charming host who bullies around the contestants, a game-head who corner\stress\manipulate contestants to the point of breakdown, few individuals who are there to contest either by financial or professional needs and a me, who tunes in every other day to watch and enjoy the plight and misery of those poor souls – That’s all about this reality show? When I put it this way, things are not as appealing as before. And only one bitter questions lingers Are we heading toward the hunger games era in realty shows?

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