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#1 of 13 Old 07-24-2010, 08:01 PM - Thread Starter
 
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do you think as a society we have become to over reactive? that we blow some things out of proportion? we sort of expect a big reaction to things taht really don't need one?

i read an article a few weeks ago about america (in general) being prone to over reacting and expecting our leaders to be over reactive too.
and they went on to say that it might be due to "reality" TV. so when i have been watching it lately (mostly the food network) i have noticed the crazy way the people act. like "OMG their cake is not perfect!" que music, show disgusted face, show tears.
the article also said that we use to want to see people with a level head in control, but now we want people freaking out.

what do you think?

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YES YES YES! I agree! I thought I was the only one who hates reality tv because it is way too dramatic....every little thing is completely dramatized. Ugh.

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Well I totally agree that reality tv is like that. Iron Chef is as reality as I get.

I think it's really too bad that our fearless leaders can't win these days. They have to be righteously outraged, no matter what circumstances require.

Someone moved my effing cheese.
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I think reality TV in over dramatic and that's why I love it!

I do think though (stereotyping here) that American's do over-react to alot of things. It's not really the same here. People here tend to just think you (as in people) need to just get over it and get on to fixing the problem. I think we're quite laid back as a people, though I do see a rise in dramatics and that bugs me.

It's complicated.
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Yes. Absolutely. Have you read any of the threads on here?

Honestly though, I have to wonder if many people are so deprived of attention that they are willing to get it any way they can take it - even if it's negative. Like every word, every look, every email (whatever) was meant to be offensive. Like the person who said/wrote/did whatever sat around and thought about how they could best tick someone else off. Guess what? Most people have their own issues, problems, LIVES and don't actually sit around thinking about you all the time!

This is just a little pet peeve of mine though because I've almost lost out on friendships because I was way too sensitive and read too much into things when, in the end, all I was doing was projecting my own...garbage, onto other people.

I can totally see how this ends up bleeding into all areas of our lives, including how we look at/what we expect from our leaders.
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in the article they said the show with the most over reaction per hour was apprentice with something like over 80 of them in each episode. next was some show jersey shore (??). if you think about it, those shows are not even an hour long, because there are commercials! lol that is nuts.

but it seems like they do it with all shows that are "reality" like. even on food network (my tv vice lol) there is always this made up tension and dramatic music, all this extra stress and drama over stuff like cupcakes! lol (i can't watch those shows they get me all stressed out! so i usually just watch people cooking not the challenges and stuff)

sparkprincess: yes i have noticed that! lol

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Dun . . dun . . dun . . dun <cue dramatic cup cake music>


Sorry, couldn't help it. But I do understand your point. I think it's a good thing to be honest about enjoying drama if that is what's true for us. On the other hand, I have wondered if maybe we're a culture of under-treated PTSD or low adrenal function sufferers and that is why we tend so naturally toward strong reactions.
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smokering your post has now made me feel like i will just never be on MDC at a normal time cause even when i was living in japan i was still on at 3 in the morning i guess my hours just dont fit anywhere....
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may may: HI!!!! and you might have a point.
i have never understood the point of those shows though. especially something like surviver. all that stress, back stabbing, extra drama and fear for a million dollars. so not worth it to me. i would rather have what i have and deal with it then try for alot of money and have this fear and stress to go along with it.

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I'm constantly amazed at the things people take offense at! Other peoples' choices and opinions, other peoples' clothes, other peoples' parenting...

Sometimes when I read MDC I wonder am I the only person who really does not give a rat's a$$ about what other people think of my parenting or lifestyle.
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I have become less reactive over time.

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