Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Is the Price Right?
Sick days at the Kaherl house usually meant missing school, laying helplessly on the green sofa usually with a glass of orange juice and hoping my mom would bring home McDonalds cheeseburgers. Like clockwork at eleven the channel would be switched to the Price is Right, knowing that you were one of the few kids that encountered the day time television show.
Today I am not ill but found myself on my lovely lime green chair hoping that I could pick the right price on a horrible sculpture being hawked on the popular show. It hit me this morning as I laughed at the prizes being won, the horrible movements of Barkers beauties, and the funny games being played that this show really is against everything I fight for in my work and studies. It's funny that I really despise the over consumer nature of our American population as well our television and movies push the overly large breasted women with little personality but a wink and a smile.
It's funny how most of childhood and then reflections of my childhood always included the Price is Right. I don't think that this show is inherently bad but the reputation of the show usually is discussed as one of Americas favorite game show. It adheres to American values of the almighty dollar and 'beautiful' women. After all this is what we need to be successful in our culture, more things and a beautiful woman to sell it to you. It is a perfect example of how we value and what we value in our American society.
It will be interesting to see what happens once Bob Barker leaves the show. Will it lose it's beauties? I hear that Rosie O'Donnell might be the host of show, would that mean a whole new setup, will there be glitz, glamour, and Koosh balls? One can only make speculation at this point in time, but it will be interesting to see what happens if the values will change and could America change through time.