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Old 02-21-2004, 01:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Public Executions, The reality show.

I haven't heard of any such thing, but I just know the networks are trying their hardest to put together some sleezy shit like this.

I can see it now, 8 death row inmates competing in games, voting each other to death, the winner gets a stay of execution, then have a few episodes dedicated to showing each of the losers in the chair. Of course the families of the losers get a little chuck of money and the inmates get to tell their story. Then, Viewers can call in and vote to save the persons life.

What do you think? Will it be on FOX or ABC? Will the masses gather around to watch real emotions like they do the fake crap on all the other reality shows?

I don't think we're there yet, but in a few years I can imagine something like this seriously being considered for a reality show.

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Old 02-21-2004, 03:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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yeesh, that's rather morbid.


I think this thread needs a smiley face to cheer it up.

But generally, much as we as a people have this kind of voyeuristic nature that lends itself to why Reality TV is so popluar, something tells me the FCC wouldn't be ecstatic about an idea such as that one.
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Old 02-21-2004, 04:32 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i hope we never get that far...but if we do, it will definitely be fox! Thinks about it, they have 'my big fat obnoxious fiance', 'the littlest groom', and 'man vs beast'... if you ever sit down and watch one of those shows, its pretty obvious that FOX has no moral standards
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Old 02-21-2004, 06:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh lord.

I can definetly see that getting good ratings, despite how morbid, and in my opinion immoral, that is.
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Old 02-21-2004, 07:21 AM   #5 (permalink)
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To be honest, if the reality show craze doesn't slow down, something like this will happen. The media has alot of sway in matters of these types.

To totally derail this thread, we can always go to Saudi Arabia, where executions are held in full public view in a stadium.
Legalize it.
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Old 02-21-2004, 07:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Say... wasn't this already a book/movie? Oh yeah... Running Man.

I really have no doubt that this will become on of the future generations of reality tv if the craze doesn't die off. Even with the dreck thats out there, millions of viewers continue to watch.

Can't say I blame 'em.... I'm one of them. Think I lost 12 IQ points just last week.
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:06 AM   #7 (permalink)
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The truly sad part is that, given the current level of crap that's out there, something like this really wouldn't surprise me. What's even worse than that is the fact that I can see this being a ratings bonanza. I hope that no one in the entertainment industry sees this thread. You seem to have put an awful lot of thought into this, cybermike. Are you sure that your not in the entertainment industry?
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:08 AM   #8 (permalink)
He is really pooling us to see how the public would react.
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:30 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Just remember hanging and executions were quite public in the old old days. I think we're more moral now of course, but it really isn't a stretch to think public executions would happen again. I think a lot of ppl would've liked to watch McVeigh get executed,and IIRC they even tried to make it PPV or a streaming broadcast but it got shot down. I personally would watch someone who hurt my family get executed,and even gladly pull the switch/ push the plunger on them myself. I would watch it if they made it but I don't think I'd let my kid watch it until she become a little hardened.
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:36 AM   #10 (permalink)
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yeeee haw!!!

Comin from the in-bred state of Texas.. WHO GETS THA ROPE!?

lol... j/k... these shows are seriously gonna be a waste of effort and money... people will watch them though... so I guess its a good buisness venture.. on every other aspect.. I say its garbage
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:40 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Say... wasn't this already a book/movie? Oh yeah... Running Man.
I was thinking it sounded like Logan's Run with the "Governator" staring as Logan -- but maybe I'm wrong. I'll have to make a trip to Blockbusters. Good movie.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:01 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Till the goverment actually steps in and controls the media, I wouldnt doubt if this ever happens.

The media is out of control, and the media controls TV.
You bore me.... next.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:09 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Originally posted by sexymama
I was thinking it sounded like Logan's Run with the "Governator" staring as Logan -- but maybe I'm wrong. I'll have to make a trip to Blockbusters. Good movie.
Logan's Run was about Spoiler: getting killed at your 30th birthday regardless of criminality.. Running man is closer to the the original post. Still a good flick tho.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:16 AM   #14 (permalink)
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yah like other people said running man!

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Old 02-21-2004, 09:18 AM   #15 (permalink)
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yah like other people said running man!
great movie
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:24 AM   #16 (permalink)
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yah like other people said running man!

Whoa, i totally forgot about that movie. Great show!
You bore me.... next.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:24 AM   #17 (permalink)
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ESPN even has a new reality show coming on.
I think they compete to be a sports writer or broadcaster.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:49 AM   #18 (permalink)
thats a stupid idea. but i bet you that someone is willing to see it happen.
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Old 02-21-2004, 12:07 PM   #19 (permalink)
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This post reminds me of The Lottery. I don't know if any of you read that story in school, but it's pretty twisted... Look it up if you haven't.
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Old 02-21-2004, 01:52 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Everyone had to read The Lottery in school. I'm pretty sure you can find it on the internet somewhere. They even mention it in the Simpsons... ;-)
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Old 02-21-2004, 02:35 PM   #21 (permalink)
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The best interpretation of the "Lottery" that I can remember was an episode of Sliders...
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Old 02-21-2004, 03:34 PM   #22 (permalink)
Anyone ever play Smash TV so far back when? It'd be fun!

Honestly, though, I agree with most people. If they thought it'd make money, they'd hop on it in a second. Fox would kill for an opportunity like this (Kill? Eh? Get it? ...sorry). They can't have too much steam left, though. What's popular on TV comes and goes. Why, it wasn't too long ago that everyone was talking about the Millionaire show, remember?
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Old 02-21-2004, 04:57 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Wow, after reading The Lottery just now.. thanks to some of the posters here for suggesting such a marvelously twisted story.
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Old 02-21-2004, 11:00 PM   #24 (permalink)
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shpoop, you had it right when you said that FOX has no moral standards

I might not go that far but I don't believe that they have very high standards. What's worse is that I'm not the only one who wouldn't be surprised to see this crap on TV.
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Old 02-22-2004, 06:57 AM   #25 (permalink)
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I also remember a book and a movie called the Tenth Victim. A reality show where you were hunted and if you survived you were allowed to hunt. If you managed to get 10 you were awarded big prizes.

The hunted were allowed to fight back.

Most hunters didn't make it very far.
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Old 02-22-2004, 07:20 AM   #26 (permalink)
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they don't like the fact that Ultimate Fight Championchips are aired, and they have issues from state to state.

I think maybe we'll see something along these lines, but not live, and not in all states, and not without lots of controversy.
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Old 02-22-2004, 07:36 AM   #27 (permalink)
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This post reminds me of The Lottery.
Yikes. I don't really see the resemblence, honestly.

Public executions would be, IMHO, a good idea. As a contest?? No way. Just as a "public access channel" show.

"Today we have Billy Bob Ray Tyrone Green here on the trap. Say 'Hi' to the audience, Billy Bob."

"Help me!"

"Ha ha, that's a good one, Billy Bob. Today's executioner is the winner of the lot of the mates of your victims, who shall go nameless as per tradition."

A person in a black hood with a on it comes onto the platform. He puts a black hood with a on Billy Bob's head, then the noose. He steps back.

"Any last words, Billy Bob?" says the announcer.

"I didn't do it!"

"Yes, I expect we're supposed to believe you, even though forty-seven people saw you drop the bomb on that birthday party. Pull the switch, smiley!"

Billy Bob drops through the trap. They show him dangling, jerking, then pissing his pants. He becomes still after a few minutes.

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Old 02-22-2004, 12:10 PM   #28 (permalink)
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I hope that things never go that far...thats just disgusting.

I doubt that it would last long at all. I don't think that the families of those being executed would be too happy with this idea either...
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Old 02-22-2004, 12:16 PM   #29 (permalink)
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Its not that far in the future I think unfortunately.

Running man - cool film
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Old 02-22-2004, 12:49 PM   #30 (permalink)
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Oh, I just realized there'd be another step. After the bit where he becomes still after a few minutes, goes down and pulls down HARD on his legs a few times. Gotta be sure of these things, y'know.
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Old 02-22-2004, 12:53 PM   #31 (permalink)
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GEORGE CARLIN!!!!!!!!!!!!

Listen to his "Balancing the Budget" set. Its all about making it in a stadium for people to watch people die. And the bidding on which hole the decappitated head falls into. Also he has different sponsers for burning at the stake, cruxifiction, and electricutions.
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Old 02-22-2004, 01:46 PM   #32 (permalink)
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That would be a great show! I wanted to see Timothy Mcvehy die. And I know everyone would like to see osamma die. And the running man type of killing would be just great.
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Old 02-23-2004, 02:06 AM   #33 (permalink)
IF the show came out..Put yourself in the position that the criminal was in on TV. Now would you want your fate in the hands of a massive audience of people you don't know? Personally I say 'HELL NO'! Then again, isn't it just like sitting in front of a jury of unfamiliar faces?

With all the controversy that would surround such a show as this, I don't think that any network is brave enough to pull it off. They may gain ground in the ratings department but it wouldn't be long before they start losing respect by their peers and losing money.
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Old 02-23-2004, 06:19 PM   #34 (permalink)
I would be surprised if a show like that DOESN'T appear in the next decade or two...because more and more violence are tolerated on TV everyday...

but who knows, maybe some grassroots movement will change all this...
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Old 02-23-2004, 06:29 PM   #35 (permalink)
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yeah those fucks are making reality shows on every thing
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Old 02-24-2004, 06:12 PM   #36 (permalink)
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if this ever happens im going to kill u and the network
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