Have you heard of Love Island? I hadn’t until today but, apparently 4 times as many people apply to take part in it than apply to go to Oxbridge (Oxford or Cambridge Universities). Why? Well, this is just my opinion you understand, because the former offers the chance of instant ‘fame’ and oodles of cash and the latter requires a lot of hard work and effort.
In an attempt to understand this latest televisual phenomenon I had a look at an article in the Independent Newspaper and, I’ve got to be honest, I didn’t understand a word of it; Chaucer made more sense to me than this article! Still, not to be deterred I continued with my investigation and found something that explained the ‘plot’…..I think. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong but the idea seems to be that a group of young, physically attractive men and women are put together in a villa in Spain, things happen and someone wins £50,000 – is that about the size of it? Apparently, when the show is over, a fair few of the contestants, at least the popular ones, then go on to make more cash by endorsing products and generally being a ‘celebrity’.
I’ve got to admit, I don’t really get reality TV; why not just look out of the window if you want to see reality or, better yet, go outside and experience it. However, I do understand people who want to take part, don’t we all want our 15 minutes of fame? I just wish that the 80,000+ people who auditioned had slightly higher aspirations than getting their kit off on television and having their every waking moment filmed for the vicarious pleasure of their ‘fans’. I also wish that something more was required of the contestants than just to look beautiful and that the show had some other purpose than to promote the idea that you can get something for nothing in life…….After all there is no skill in being attractive, that’s just the luck of the genes.
Maybe this is just harmless entertainment but I do wonder why more young people seem to aspire to celebrity than academia; yes, you can get your 15 minutes of fame but then what? At least with an Oxbridge education you are pretty much guaranteed work anywhere in the World but as a Z list celebrity what have you got to look forward to as you get older – reality I suppose…
What do you think? I’d love to hear from you