Thursday, May 08, 2008

Ultimate Entertainment

Pro wrestling. People watch pro wrestling... although they know it is mostly a show and there isn't almost any real competition in it. Competition... hmm... which one do people prefer, watching a show or watching a competition? It appears that the activities that are moving in between the lines of being a show or being reality, cause the most interest among people. Pro wrestling is more fun to watch than normal wrestling.. but probably still more fun than a movie about pro wrestling... people do not want to watch real talks between people a lot, and certainly would not enjoy watching a movie about normal affairs between normal people, but look at the audience of the Jerry Springer show ... Jerry .. Jerry... what does that mean??? "Thank you for providing an atmosphere for fooling me... Jerry !!" ... or yet the reality shows in the TV can be compared to normal scripted serials or game shows.... they definitely beat both of them ... something is secretly happening in the borders between reality and pure scripted show.

Maybe when we know something is a pure show... then the conscious part of our brain ignores it every once in a while and the part which enjoys viewing beautiful things can't get all the fun ... but when something pretends to be real, for a few moments the conscious part does not interfere and lets the other part have fun.

Some insights into the above paradox (if it really is a paradox) can be found in this quote from the movie Presige:

"Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called "The Pledge". The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called "The Turn". The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call "The Prestige""

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