I always loved participating in a good ole debate as part of my English class at high school. I loved the opportunity to bellow out my opinion – which of course, was always educated – in my mind, anyway. I also always loved watching tv when I was younger, and being an only child with an opinion to share, I shared it with the tv. Loudly. In my own warped way, I think I found it relaxing. Maybe it’s the fact that I am named after the Greek goddess of war. A little conflict must be in my DNA.
Now that I’m an adult, I don’t get opportunities for formal debates and I find that others aren’t always in the mood for spirited conversations. Sometimes when I catch up with friends for a drink, much to my shock, they just want to have a drink and a laugh, not a debate. Who’dve thunk it? Here’s where my other love from my youth has been able to weasel into my adult life, in the form of reality tv. I don’t need to bore others with my incessant need for a heated argument. Now I have reality tv shows putting forth ridiculous situations which allow me to argue and yell at the tv. This can all be done in the comfort of my own home, without others having to get involved in dreaded debates with me. How glorious.
People watch reality tv shows for a myriad of reasons. Admiration, voyeurism, inspiration, escapism, and the list goes on. I find that a special kind of person puts themselves out there on a reality show for the world to see them, warts and all. And that person is always bordering on just being slightly unhinged. Of course there are some reality shows with genuine people with a talent (e.g. Masterchef), but the majority of people on these types of shows are, to put it bluntly, annoying. Just not people that you could tolerate if you met in person. I’m a firm believer that it takes a special kind of crazy for reality shows, and that special kind of crazy is the PERFECT source for my yelling at the tv.
Reality tv does hold my top position for yelling at the tv, but I have found many a drama, game show or movie also can evoke a need for a little spirited yelling. However I find if I’m yelling at this type of television consistently, I get sick of the show quite quickly and just stop watching. I’m not really into sport, so I don’t have any inclination to yell my opinion at them. I could maybe yell at a tennis game, but I just don’t have the passion for it. I find that reality tv has so many different situations and characters, I can watch series after series, unhinged person after downright nasty cow for hours upon hours.
All this talk of yelling at the tv has got my yelling juices flowing. Excuse me while I go grab a cuppa and sit to catch up on my shows I recorded during the week. How else am I going to relax and unwind this weekend?