This week sees the start of both the X-Factor and the return of the show that could be referred to as marmite as you either love it or hate it, Big Brother. Both shows have their followers and they generate discussion in forums, there are blogs about both, they get mentioned in the media both tabloid and TV but what makes the public so intrigued?
With X-Factor there are certainly some talented individuals but it never ceases to amaze with the number of individuals who are prepared to put their reputation on the line for 30 seconds of fame which must surely do them more harm than good. The show spends a large part of its time providing viewers with the opportunity to see how many people in the UK really don’t have the X-Factor.
Is Big Brother so contrasting to X-Factor? Whilst it is just about a group of individuals without any talent living in a house and cameras watching their every move, it spends a large part of its highlight show focusing on controversial incidents. Why do people spend time watching people brush their teeth or sitting around chatting? Is it in the hope that something explosive happens or is it due to a void in their lives, surely if it is the former there must be more interesting programmes on TV?
Are these TV shows just examples of the British public needing to laugh and ridicule those who thrust themselves in the public spotlight? Is it that these shows are actually more entertaining than other shows on TV? Or have we become so obsessed with TV that we will watch anything rather than nothing?