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Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Poverty Porn?

Could actually be a very neat way to describe a show like 'Benefits Street'
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But can it really turn anyone on to watch people on welfare benefits living in relative squalor in the UK today?
Hmmm.. not sure.. but I'd love to know

Perhaps those on the right get a rush of blood to the head, and a wave of euphoric adrenalin as they bay for blood in the knowledge that dependency culture is 'real', and they witness what they consider to be good money being thrown away as people do nothing yet get 'free' tax payers money.

And then perhaps those on the left get an equivalent rush also, as it appeals to the softer hearted among us who want to care for, nurture, and 'understand' the pressure people are under in this policy created bout of new poverty.

I'd heard about the show a few times, and it was mentioned in class last week so I thought I'd take a peep last night.
From what I can gather it’s a street in Birmingham, where almost 80% if not more of the residents are unemployed.
I'll save you a little time.
It's a horrible show.
and yes..I suspect there are some really nice people taking part in the programme
Yet, I felt a little dirty after watching it..



But then I remembered it’s a show like any other, and from what I understand, reality shows are relatively cheap to make.
It's not a documentary or film about welfare necessarily, and it’s not a film that showcases or discusses the largest group of new welfare claimants, (the so called 'in work poor') toying or making fun of the premise that work is always the best route out of poverty ( which it is right?)
No.. It’s just a show ( interestingly..of the entertainment variety)
and it's a show about people ( who occupy the lower, or underclass's)
So I guess It's a show about class... or depending on how you use the word.. a lack of.

The kind of show that may provide a laugh or too, tug at a tear duct or too, or simply annoy you immensely.
A show which may make some say.. thank god that's not me
Or.. I can relate
Either way,
It’s a bear baiting kind of show, so bad it could suck you in. Children up all hours, lots of shouting, sob stories, etc.
But then I only saw one episode.

They're good folk, ( Hey!!..I suspect that there are times when having a neighbour like 'White Dee' could be a blessing) and I wish them all well.

Will I see more?
Only if I'm horny for Poverty Porn (I'm liking that phrase) ...but that's a long shot.. as it's really not my kink.




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4 comments:

  1. I've read about it but I haven't seen it. I don't watch tv at all, partly due to all the crappy reality programmes being shown.

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  2. Politicians and journalists have had quite a bit to say about it. To be expected I guess.. welfare riles people up.
    Reality TV has really taken off. Perhaps ethnographers watch when 'off duty' :)
    I like to keep my hand in.. when I can
    My take a break viewing is usually Eastenders or something on Comedy Central like King of Queens - funny

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  3. You find great music.

    I'm sorry you have reality shows there, too . . . What would be good - if all the money made from the release of these programs went to support the people doing without necessities . . or fund schools that helped kids know they are the future . . and there is hope . . .

    Thank you for another thought provoking post.

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  4. Accompanying music?
    Vybes Kartel ( possibly best known for his sexually explicit songs (and videos) .. but can, and does write on other topics too

    What you say is interesting indeed..
    What interests me also is what motivates those to take part , to do so. perhaps they are paid?
    perhaps they are hoping in documenting the issue, it will inspire change in their local area.. attract investment
    Or maybe its just as it is. after all..there is money to be had in being famous

    In defense of reality shows.. some can be a real eye opener
    I'd quite like to make a documentary/fim someday

    you're welcome Maggid

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