The Hunger Game’s ravenous fans are flocking to theaters this week. The story has been told before (1984, Fahrenheit 451, The Running Man, The Giver among many others) and the appeal is timeless. The question – is mindless entertainment a substitute for human connection? – is worth asking.
The Games are distracting. That’s the point. The Games simplify overwhelmingly complex issues and reduce them to “Him v. Her ” and sizzle-y sound bites… “May the odds be ever in your favor.”
Consider Reality TV, and our obsession with The Games. I love feel-good programs that show case talent and improving skills. I love discovering back stories of courage and turnaround. Agreed, not all Reality TV is inspirational. (I’m talking to you, Jersey Shore and Mob Wives!) And, unfortunately, the format is slipping into other aspects of our lives.
More Reality TV: The presidential election season is now open. The contestants are being selected. The tag lines are sounding. The teams are forming, for one candidate or another. […]