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I think reality tv shows starring CEO's suck.

Look at Apprentice.  It's a show where people kill themselves to not get fired by Donald "ass clown"Trump.  People break down in tears when Trump fires them. What values are implied by that show?  Wealth is supreme.  Getting ahead is more important the getting along. The CEO is a heroic, powerful and wise individual.  I always find it kinda gross the way other CEO's are portrayed on the show.

Undercover Boss.  The CEO's of companies pretend they are workers and try to learn more about their corporations.  At the end of the show the CEO typically gives one employee some sort of bonus, prize, change in work environment and maybe..the if worker is really lucky, the worker will get a promotion.  What is this show about?  Well, the boss is always watching.  You never know what that sneaky CEO is up to.  He just might trick you, put on a costume and work right next to you.  It implies the CEO is ultimately smarter than his employees.  The CEO is also portrayed as benevolent, kind, giving, gentle and capable of being a regular Joe.  Warning, the CEO is also brilliant, privileged to information the employee is not and is above all else a great decision maker.  It's another show dedicated to the glorification of the CEO.  

Shark Tank.  My personal favorite. A bunch of poor people begging rich people to give them money?  If they are really lucky the "CEO/shark" won't totally fuck them out of ownership of their dream business. The viewer is led to relate to the "sharks".  The sharks are portrayed as funny, clever, all knowing and without fault.  They at times mock the commoner who has come before them with nothing but a dream and empty pockets.  Why can't they entrepreneurs go to bank?  I guess the banks told them to screw off.

These shows have worked to change the public image of the CEO.  To what end?

It seems to me that "liberal, bleeding heart" sentimentalism is not only out of fashion on TV but it's basically ridiculed.  TV programmers took grow a spine and create some reality shows that actually show reality.

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  •  It is TRASH not allow anyone you care for (1+ / 0-)
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    to watch that trash. You will lose IQ points if you do watch it.

    Anybody over the age of 50 remembers when we had quality TV. Now it is one long infomercial or worse...reality TV.

    "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

    by Mr SeeMore on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:08:03 AM PDT

    •  Read a book or a blog. Go for a walk or ride (1+ / 0-)
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      your bike a few miles. Doing most anything is better than TV today.

      "We are a Plutocracy, we ought to face it. We need, desperately, to find new ways to hear independent voices & points of view" Ramsey Clark, U.S. Attorney General.

      by Mr SeeMore on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 02:11:35 AM PDT

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  •  Do you know how many people are watching (0+ / 0-)

    these shows? I haven't had a TV in 50 years so I have no idea. I mean, what kind of reach or influence do they have?

    "Here's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy

    by native on Mon Sep 17, 2012 at 07:42:42 AM PDT

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