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IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc
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re: Be a reality star—apply for extreme engineering show
IDontUseTheForumSoWhyAmIForc   2/21/2013 8:57:11 PM
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Engineering Wars? I really have to laugh when they say it's unscripted. I've spent a number of years in television and 'unscripted' is a synonym for 'yawning'. The general premise is scripted, the characters are pre-determined based on personality and their ability to conflict with others. In other words, can they create drama so the viewers remain entertained. The premise of these shows is cookie cutter with different locations, props and people. The show will contain: - human conflict - impending deadlines - emphasis on random failures - highlighting opposing views - a splinter group to provide competition - tugging at our heartstrings with an over the top glorification of patriotism - the old boys vs the young guns Did I just describe the new show? Or have I just regurgitated the plots of every reality show before it? I really hope this doesn't get picked up by the networks because it would be a terrible embarrassment to have Skilled Engineers held in the same light as the Real Housewives of Timbuktu.

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dneves0   2/22/2013 9:50:00 AM
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The reason these shows are called reality shows is that they are somewhat based on reality even if they are dramatized (i.e. exaggerated). All the points you mention are not too far of the kinds of things you would encounter in any given technology company, or any other kind of human endeavor for that matter. I still find it positive to let other (non technical) people know what happens inside a tech company even if it is a tad colored for the sake of the show. Of course in the end the kind of "coloring" done on the view that people have on the engineering class is also important and I would't appreciate very much if it made us look weird/bad/whatever. But the current view is not that positive so it can't get much worse. (Although it is always a possibility!)



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