I remain a late convert to reality TV, but I did enjoy getting sucked into this year’s Celebrity Big Brother. Now I find myself watching the Apprentice amazed at how totally inept all of the contestants are. It’s hard to imagine any of them commanding a six figure salary in the real world, whatever that may be.
Normally I work at home with just the cat for company, but I’m currently working onsite for the first time in a couple of years. That is I’m in an office with a wide mix of people. Psychologically, that’s a good thing I’m sure, but what’s struck me is how much of a bubble the office is. Everyone’s friendly and approachable and yet I feel far more isolated than I did at home where I had the radio and internet to distract me. Everyone stuck in the office, be they young or old, is clearly far less aware of goings on outside; be that hard news, trivia or cultural happenings. Not much news penetrates the bubble.
Bringing these ideas together is an excellent piece by Mark of K-punk. For Mark the Apprentice demonstrates, ‘that the supposed “Reality” of Business is inseparable from the most facile fantasy structures’. Mark’s writing cannot be described as accessible. Nevertheless, his wandering about a university campus discovering that all about him have absorbed the values that sustain their particular reality so completely that change is unimaginable is full of comedy and insight.
I’m with him on the Apprentice, but suspect most others see the Emperor’s new Clothes.