The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Who needs fiction: Reality TV

There has been talk for some time now that MTV will do a season of "Real World" in one of the suburbs of Detroit. There's been a lot of talk, but MTV apparantly isn't moving very quickly on this. Understandably, as the Detroit area isn't one of the "coolest" places in the US.

I was watching the Discovery Channel with one of my daughters the other evening. We were watching "The Most Dangerous Catch." It was a documentary about crab boats, which go out into the Bering Sea to fish for crab. It's extremely dangerous and gruelling to be a crab fisherman. Besides all of the other opportunites to get injured, the weather can be so wild that crewmen can be blown right off the decks.

So I was thinking - how about taking a fresh group of young adults, and instead of putting them into some palatial vacation spot, where they can demonstrate just how spoiled and decadent they can be; put them on a crab boat for a season, and see how they survive?

What's the other show? "Road Rules?" Stick them on another boat, and let the competition begin!

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