Lessons Learned -
Television shows are generally not the
first place I turn for my life lessons. Sometimes,
though, you do manage to learn something from a
television show that isn't one of those After-School
Specials of old. I found a couple of bits of learning
(that's the international standard measurement of
learning, for those of you who were about to write),
The Apprentice and Beauty and the Geek.
On last week's episode of The
Apprentice, a contestant quit for only the second
time in six series of the show. It doesn't take a team
of advisors to tell you that quitting is a poor career
move. Quitting is normally frowned upon, but when given
the chance of a lifetime to work for Donald Trump,
quitting is...well, you get the idea.
Lesson one: Life is Hard. Deal With It.
is nothing like an actual job interview. It is a
television program masquerading as a job interview.
While the winner does get a salaried position in the
organization, the point is that the whole event is
taking place around a game show. Seeing the losing group
suffering tents while the other winning team enjoys the
high life in a palatial estate serves two purposes. One,
it's really really funny. Two, it provides a visual
metaphor for the importance of winning. If Michelle
couldn't stand camping out for a bit, maybe she should
have tried harder to win at the challenges, or just not
show up in the first place. Her plea to work for the
Trump Organization after leaving the game drew nothing
but laughter from me. I hope she gets no sympathy.
I have been a vocal fan of Beauty and
the Geek for the past three years now.
I enjoy the show immensely, and wholeheartedly approve of
the premise. I dislike the fact that some of the women
who are participating in what could be a life-changing
experience are spending time lounging on an air mattress
in the backyard pool instead of studying. In the past
few episodes, a pair of catty women with blonde tresses
decided that they didn't like the brunettes in the
house, so the young ladies with brown hair were toast.
That leads us to...
Lesson two: People Will Not Change. Deal
With That Too.
No matter what happens in that mansion,
the men are still going to have geek leanings, and the
women will still be smokin' hot babes, and nothing will
change that. Maybe the guys will have a bit more
self-confidence around the opposite sex, but they'll
still be geeks. And the women are no different: they'll
still form cliques around their friends and ostracize
those who are different. The "social experiment" failed
in this third season. It's really nothing more than
mixed doubles Survivor combined with a
questioning format that is done as a "Battle of the
Sexes" contest on Easy Listening radio stations in
cities all over the country.
If the contestants of these shows have
also happened to learn something along the way, good for
Travis Eberle won't change either.
He'll still be cranking out opinion-laced rants roughly
every week. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.