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Like drivers rubber-knecking at the pile-up on the other carriageway, this whole genre of TV programming appeals to the base level of human curiosity. It is popular as it helps the viewer to consider that their own life can't possibly be as bad as those that are falling apart on the big screen in front of their sofa. They just lap up watching other people's failures and failings in the same way that most of us laugh at silly sh!t on youtube etc..

I could be wrong (I haven't watched soaps for years), but aren't the soap operas are just as bad? How toxic is Eastenders or the like these days? Sure, they do sometimes apparently bring out interesting social issues, but seems to me that these shows are in the main actors being paid to play nasty people that just shout at each other.
 

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“Poverty porn” was the best description I heard - the show serves very little purpose other than totry and make people think they’re superior to these folk with not a great deal going for them.
Like drivers rubber-knecking at the pile-up on the other carriageway, this whole genre of TV programming appeals to the base level of human curiosity. It is popular as it helps the viewer to consider that their own life can't possibly be as bad as those that are falling apart on the big screenin front of their sofa. They just lap up watching other people's failures and failings in the same way that most of us laugh at silly sh!t on youtube etc..
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We need one more Jeremy Kyle show. One where, debated and settled, once and for all time - the issue of AMG badges on bootlids of 'non' AMG cars.
Note to producers: Ensure plenty bouncers are present.

Really, it's the same thing where those who want to feel a little bit superior watch and mock those who they regard as somehow 'less'. AKA as 'the vanity of small differences' and frequently rooted in the fear that they may become that 'lesser' person. As a society, all of it reflects us very poorly.
 

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We need one more Jeremy Kyle show. One where, debated and settled, once and for all time - the issue of AMG badges on bootlids of 'non' AMG cars.
That's already been sorted out... If I want to add an AMG badge to my non-AMG car, that's perfectly OK. It's not OK if someone else does it to their's.
 

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I could be wrong (I haven't watched soaps for years), but aren't the soap operas are just as bad? How toxic is Eastenders or the like these days? Sure, they do sometimes apparently bring out interesting social issues, but seems to me that these shows are in the main actors being paid to play nasty people that just shout at each other.
No idea what EastEnders is about but it always does seem to involve a lot of shouting. All of the soaps seem obsessed with portraying criminality as if it was normal. Do they still call it reality TV ? Utter rubbish the lot of them.
 
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Back in't nineties I used to enjoy Coronation St, Reg Houldsworth used to bring some humour to it.
But what little I've seen of any of them in the last 10 years make it look like the other soaps have followed the East Enders style.

For them's that can't separate soap from real life it normalises the overly dramatic and confrontational attitude to each other. So much so that some seem to feel their life is lacking unless they can introduce some similar drama into their lives.
I know some who's real life can be as full of crappy amatuer dramas as the soaps. Coincidence I'm sure but they find East Enders and J Kyle entertaining.
 
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I was speaking of the programmes in question, unfortunately it's clear it's not just trashy TV that attempts this.
My comment was designed to make you laugh, I missed the mark it seems.
 

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