Reality television is close to the bottom of the barrel of modern society, in George Hook’s opinion, and even ‘self help’ shows may be doing more harm than good…
"I am the entertainer, And I know just where I stand
Another serenader, and another long haired band
Today I am your champion, I may have won your hearts
But I know the game and you'll forget my name
I won't be here in another year, if I don't stay in the charts."
Billy Joel, The Entertainer.
One of the most effective routes out of depression and misery comes through dragging another person into despair. Sharing unhappiness is not a cure in itself, but it has the effect of temporarily appeasing the solitude of loneliness. A bad experience shared is an easier burden to shoulder.