Is it a shame BB has now come to an end?
September 2, 2010
Back in 1966 when Andy Warhol filmed various acquaintances with no direction in ‘Chelsea Girls’, few people would have envisaged a television format developing which would generate more than 20500 hours of footage in the UK alone and motivate 22000 Britain’s to apply for the show.
Big Brother demonstrates that even with such a diverse, manipulated and contrasting group, people can be incredibly boring for great swathes of the day. For this reason Big Brother requires dedication. For those who commit to hours of trumpery listening to the sound of planes soaring overhead there are untold riches to be had. Rather like setting out as an explorer in the Age of Discovery, sitting down to watch Big Brother is a huge risk. But when the main event befalls you, it’s so much sweeter.
Over the last decade, Big Brother has given us a chance to see deceit (Nasty Nick), what makes people tick (Nicky Grahame), and all the while contestants have had the chance to change their lives. It seems Warhol was right when he said that “in the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”, but now without Big Brother it’s going to be a lot tougher.
The television series of Big Brother has provided us with a decade of televisual voyeurism and has had a global effect having been successfully assimilated in several countries. In this sense, it is a shame that the program that ushered in the reality television revolution is coming to an end, but it is easy to see why the original, and groundbreaking Big Brother has finally lost its appeal. When the show began it was a bold and innovative social experiment which caused a sensation, transforming television viewing, as people were offered the illusion of interacting via phone votes and forum discussions rather than being just passive viewers. However, Big Brother’s lack of creativity has resulted in a rapid decline of interest and the demise of the series is its only possible outcome. Somehow thought, I feel the legacy of Big Brother will endure, and if anything it will create more space in the television schedule for countless other reality series.