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TheMadMonk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-24-11 10:06 PM
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48. Also more likely to "overthink" and yes mostly rather boring.
Lots and lots of repetitive paperwork, phone calls, door knocking, etc. Simpsons like temporal distortion skews our perception of life in the precint, Summer Bay/Ramsy Street, Salem, etcetera. Ordinary lives that eventful would literally drive ordinary people insane. The "real" Wandin Valley, Matlock, Eureka, Twin Peaks, exist on no map or radar but one, and yet their reality is more fixed in our minds that our own personal "Shelbyvilles"/next town overs.

Now forget the bloody opening dialogue and apply the Funniest Home Videos litmus test to the various Cop reality TV shows.

Why is there so much repeat footage? Surely in a nation of hundreds of millons, there would be enough fresh "interesting" material to be found, that there would never be a need to show the same footage two, three, four or more times in the space of an hour and a dozen times or more, over a host of shows in the course of a year. Believe you me, in a nation of a little over 20 million, the effect is extremely noticable, when footage from other continents outweighs local content.

The truth is The Idiot Box inflates our perceptions of all these fun, scary, spectacular stories enormously. In reality, there are not enough stranger abductions in all the United States to build a format around. Can't even find enough car chases in LA to fill a season without reprising "most spectacular" or other superlative from yesteryear at least once per show.

A millionish cops in the United States seem to be able to turn out a few hundred hours at most of broadcastworthy, broad appeal footage in a year. So realistically what IS one cop's share of that fun going to be?

One Judge Judy, one Night Court. Kenny is pretty damned funny, but even toilet humor has its limits.
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