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Journal Writing Project: Kyle Anderson


Fri, Feb 21st, 2003
Posted in Columnists

From moles to millionaires, and survivors to idols, television is becoming a reality show slugfest. Networks and producers are cooking up shows for America to fall head over heels for. The question is, when and where will they draw the line?

A perfect example of extreme reality television is NBC’s Fear Factor. With its exotic cuisine and physical tasks, contestants must prove that they are fearless by completing all the tasks. With its dare-devilish stunts and “show me the money” type contestants, Fear Factor is both exciting and slightly stomach-churning to watch.

Reality television goes where no type of television has gone before. It is far fetched from a typical sitcom or drama. Reality shows can make people laugh, angry, make their eyes bulge, their hair raise, their stomachs squirm, or bring tears to watchful eyes. Reality television is like Visa, “It’s everywhere you want to be.” It takes entertainment to a whole new dimension.

Networks are constantly competing with others to find that perfect show that will attract millions of Americans to watch. I think CBS found the father of all reality shows, Survivor. People have become intrigued to find out who has outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted the other contestants. I think CBS should go some place where the climate is cold instead of warm. As soon as they have Survivor in Minnesota, I will start watching again.

ABC has just recently wrapped up two successful shows, The Bachelorette and my favorite, Celebrity Mole Hawaii. Trista, Amad, and the group of celebrities have had viewers glued to the television to find out who received the last rose and who the mole was. Although ABC has just finished these two shows, they have just started I’m a Celebrity: Get Me Out of Here, and Are You Hot?.

Finally we come to the Fox network. Fox has become notorious for its reality television. From Joe Millionaire to the cruel, cold, forthright, Simon Cowell on American Idol, the Fox network has greatly benefited from its reality shows. Even though they have come up with some of the most ridiculous ideas, such as Man vs. Beast, apparently people are willing to watch anything out of the ordinary.

Reality television has forever changed entertainment. It gives a viewer a taste of something unique, something outside of the box. Sayings like “Fear is not a factor for you,” “Will you accept t .....
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Journal Writing Project: Matt Ruen

Fri, Feb 14th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

Iraq, and the question of war there, has dominated the news lately. We’ve seen speeches, heard the inspectors report, and watched thousands of American soldiers deploy to the Middle East. In all probability, war will begin within the next month. I ha ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Jacob Grant

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
Posted in Columnists

The other day I was resting in my car awaiting the end of my lunch hour. As I sat there I was thinking about the things that flustered me that morning and how they carried on to a rather disheartening lunch. I wished I could have moved to Australia. ..... 
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Another One from Flaherty: Can't Sleep

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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When I read and hear about hip and knee replacements I wonder what they do with all of the hips and knees that have been replaced. Can they be re-cycles or rebuilt? Over the years I have had my cars repaired with re-built alternators, clutches, engin ..... 
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A dream takes a hit

Fri, Feb 7th, 2003
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I am just a little too old to be a true "Sputnik-baby", but not by much. Growing up with spaceflight, I was just old enough to appreciate the thrill of the earliest successes. I believe I was too young and maybe we were all too sheltered to have thor ..... 
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Of People, Places and Things: The Fillmore County 10

Fri, Jan 31st, 2003
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Many of you have probably heard of the big to do on the streets of Preston on Tuesday. It was reported in Wednesday’s Pioneer Press under the headline: Sheriff hits the street for jurors.  The story was eventually picked up b ..... 
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