Despondency Act 12: The Screen Tentacles Leech unto the Selfish


Reality shows
take hostage
of the viewer.
They influence
the selfish,
vanity milking them dry.



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104 thoughts on “Despondency Act 12: The Screen Tentacles Leech unto the Selfish

  1. It’s the nature of the beast we live in these days, Charlie.

    Excellent installment in this epic scene you are playing out for us

    1. Thank you my friend. 🙂


      I never, nor will I ever understand this fascination with reality shows and why people have to watch them
      to know their irrelevance. We know its dumb but why waste precious time?

      The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance”
      ― Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

    1. Thank you, basilike.

      The way I see it – why do people slave themselves to such nonsensical ‘reality shows’?
      There’s far more important information out there that can make us think, whether it’s movies,
      documentaries etch….etch.

      This right here builds or creates selfish imitators.

    1. I’ll give ‘Survivor’ an accepted. Even though, I’ve never seen it.

      Survivor has good and educational examples for surviving the jungle and how to make use of it.

      As for other reality shows? It’s clinically painful to watch. I’ve never seen either of them but I feel others waste valuable time injecting that crap in their brain.

      1. Ha ha ha! I just love how after all these seasons, there are still surprises. It truly is a test of humanity.

        The others are just mostly stupid ratings games.

      1. This is so true! I do not watch reality TV. Most of it is fake anyways just to get more viewers and others is just, as you say, brainless. And then, for some reason, people want to start acting like these people they see, even without knowing it.

              1. All we can do now is be good to everyone around us and hope that they can open their minds a bit more to new ways of thinking and interaction with people around them. Perhaps society will reach that level one day.

  2. A wonderful write Charlie. I think reality TV is a phenomenon that allows one to escape if only temporarily their own lives for another, or may we are just voyeurs.
    Loved it Charlie!

    1. Thank you, Holly.

      Half the population probably voyeur and the other half do watch for escape but still cringe at the idea of reality shows doing stupid things and speaking certain ways. And people mimic it and speak in their language that is unsettling.

  3. Oh – sweet, terrible vanity… Reality television really is a disease. Promoting pettiness and messy drama, desensitizing us to tragedy. I love the thoughts provoked by this piece. Charlie you are evolving as a writer and I love it so much.

    1. Exactly, sister. You are speaking my language.

      I never understand why there’s a need to watch this crap and few people say its just to watch these stupid people make a fool of themselves on national T.V.
      Still its meaningless to me and I don’t know exactly what goes on…I’m not missing much…and writing this poem is based on observation with people I know and who watch this while I’m either reading or writing.

      Network – We’re In A Lot Of Trouble!

      1. Aren’t we always speaking the same language 😉 And yes, I agree wholeheartedly. It’s utterly inane and lacks any actual purpose outside of mindless, vapid “entertainment”. I believe that those who find that type of format to be engaging aren’t thinking much about the bigger picture. Or thinking much, at all. Though I do admit I have an affinity for documentaries that are gritty and rooted in realism (particularly crime, history and nature). But I would argue those have immense educational value and provoke a lot of thought and reflection. Versus reality tv where it’s just …. a group of friends trashed at the club throwing drinks at each other. Because why not.

      2. And if those who wreak havoc are to inherit the earth… I say, friends, let them have it. Let them have the remnants. For they shall be in fine company, amongst themselves, in the filth and degradation they so crave. (I wrote this just now in response to your poem!)

          1. How about this. I’m gonna write something up based on this interaction. I’ll dedicate it to you and then you can write a response (if you like). It’ll be like…. Echolocation. Here we go.

                1. Well I posted mine! I even mention you at the bottom! My apologies I thought that’s how this was going to work. I’d post and then you’d post a response.

  4. Charlie, when I was reading this I instantly thought of shows like Jersey Shore and Keeping Up With The Kardashians. There are other shows I can think of, but my question has always been why do we reward stupidity and selfishness? A lot of these shows I feel are scripted anyway. The people behind these shows make money, while exploiting the cast, and the viewers at home make all of them rich with their loyal views. There are so many other and better things we could be watching than this nonsense.

    Love this post. Powerful, “in your face” message!

    1. Amen! sister. 🙂

      Here in L.A. there’s quite a handful of people who dress up and want to be either Kardashians or Kanye.
      That idea and concept really sickens me and it painfully displeases me right in the core.

      If anyone wants to be themselves, then be yourself and don’t speak like them speak how you want to express yourself. There’s too much influence in the media that influences many to imitate and become a product.

      1. Omg yes! It’s super annoying seeing that, especially when people are imitating unhealthy trends promoted by these people all in the name of beauty. Totally agree with you, my friend. Just do your own thing.

  5. I look down on people who lap up reality shows, it’s downright stupid if anyone can adore whatever crap the idiot box offers.
    I don’t understand people who crave this kind of nonsense and media feeds bullshit , it’s all a gimmick of fake stuff
    You write a very profound and insightful piece.

      1. These are different crop of people and I can’t relate to them. Is it an escape for them from some kind of life or is it an abhorrent adoration for glamour and lies.
        And it’s funny they think your stupid because you don’t watch !

          1. Yup. You said it. You just voiced what I feel all along and there is no one to tell and no one understands but it’s come to a point that I don’t care even to explain.
            To each his own 😊
            Ciao , Charlie Charles 😊

  6. The box takes the brains in a safe and locks it, and that’s the reality of it. Nicely stated and so true what you say, reality shows are brainwashed people who have lost touch with what they are living in.

    1. To quote Bob Ross:

      “Traditionally, art has been for the select few. We have been brainwashed to believe that Michelangelo had to pat you on the head at birth.” Bob Ross

      There’s tons of reality shows that spring out of nowhere. How do these corporations think that anyone is watching? and to what point is anyone going to stop watching and realize its all crap?

  7. Ugh! Such a sad sad thing.
    You are right, no good thing comes of them. and the few things i have seen were incredibly boring. I am completely baffled and saddened by it. And how manipulated they are as well.
    My cousin has a friend who was on a Survivor show. She was so angry at how they manipulated all of it in the editing process, to make it seem there were antagonisers etc, when that wasn’t what really happened. Things were taken out of context and re worked so it seemed people said things they didn’t etc. And it doesn’t matter how many times these things are exposed, people so easily believe what is in the media. It’s scary how powerful it all is!

    1. Really? I’m so sorry to hear that your cousin had a horrible experience on that show.

      Smoke and mirrors yes. Every production giant studio loves editing and making one look different on camera
      than one would be in real life.

      And studios pay for this production to sell for the masses? That’s scary and crazy.

    1. Thank you, Marina. 🙂

      My last post of the ‘Despondency series’ is Act 13 is today. Next week I’ll be posting a whole new 13 series of weirdly experimental poems that will blow your mind and anyone else is mind away. 🙂

      Thank you also, for the link and the David Bowie song fits well and very relevant. 🙂

  8. This whole series of Micro poetry is brilliant!
    Anyone who hates this poem, is addicted to reality TV. I say…”Get a life!”
    I dislike reality shows intensely!

  9. Very True Charlie, I so dislike these kind of shows and to be honest rarely watch TV, except for a few documentaries and Nature shows along with a few films. TV is a Tool and you can see the Hypnotised Audience of Game Show after Game show, plus these silly reality..And what makes is even worse is that this IS someone’s Reality!!!

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