If there were a public execution on television, would you watch it?
You know, it would be easy to sit here and say no… It would be easy to call something like that disgusting… the epitome of trash TV. And yet…
I complain about the horrendous nature of “reality” television. I can’t stand a Kardashian. I think The Bachelor is ridiculous. But I make time three nights a week every summer to stay caught up on what the house guests are up to on Big Brother. Which, I know, makes me a hypocrite.
Initially, I think I’d have those thoughts, if they were to decide to start televising executions. I’d claim I’d never watch something like that and that it’s despicable. But I’d probably fall into the trap of eventually tuning in. And that’s how we eventually evolve into the world of The Hunger Games.
But what about you? Would you watch it if the powers that be decided to televise a public execution? What companies would sponsor something like that? Who would buy that ad time?
*The Question of the Week can be found in The Book of Questions by Gregory Stock, Ph.D.