Should "Big Brother" Be Cancelled? Essay

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Many people think that Big Brother is a waste of time and that it is "entertainment for animals". A TV critic wrote into a newspaper and said horrific things about it. An example of a comment he used was, "This show is doing nothing but attracting weirdo's and odd people. Has the world gone mad and if so, how do we stop such sheer disgrace?" My reply to this terrible statement is that it is not a disgrace. OK! It might be attracting a few weirdo's but let me just say that it is those weirdo's that are going on to win Big Brother. Some people are of the opinion that it happens to be the best source of entertainment on our televisions today. Others say that it should be stopped immediately and there should be no other show produced similar to it. I for one do not want this to happen, as I am a huge fan of Big Brother, and always will be until the show does eventually come to an end. In my opinion I think other fans of Big Brother would agree with me as this show is sweeping the nation off their feet.Rules of the GameThe programme Big Brother was first aired in Britain on 14th July 1999. It involves at least 12 strangers sharing a house for 10 weeks; their every action monitored by cameras and played 24 hours a day to millions of viewers via a dedicated web site or your TV. Edited highlights can be followed daily on Channel 4 television at around 9pm. Each week one of the participants is evicted by phone vote, following secret nominations by their housemates. The last one remaining wins £70,000. What the housemates do not know is that Big Brother occasionally surprises them with certain things such as: surprise evictions or more housemates.Big Brother has been shown in different parts of the world including: Europe, America, Asia - Pacific, Africa and as far as the Middle East.The money involved attracts more and more participants each year. Some may use the prize money to purchase fastidious possessions such as: expensive cars or incredibly enormous mansions. Some people however, may channel their winnings into payment of debts or donating their winnings to charity.The self-proclaimed "television experiment" was actually piloted in Holland in 1999 as well, becoming the second most watched programme in the Netherlands. Versions have been run in Germany and Spain. On 5th July 1999, America also wanted a bit of the action and this initiatedThe programme was considered so successful that spin-offs were already in production by the end of 1999. At the end of Big Brother's run in the UK, "Jailbreak" will commence. Selected participants will be incarcerated in a "prison" as viewers watch their ordeal and there will be a £100,000 reward for the first person that manages to escape.BackgroundThe title Big Brother draws directly on George Orwell's classic novel "1984", but there are several vital differences. In the novel, Big Brother symbolises immense situations, snooping on every aspect of its reluctant citizens' lives in order to control them....

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