Something pithy about reality outpacing satire

Infamous powerhouse of satire The Onion recently put up a video report about a reality TV show in which autoworkers at two Ford plants compete against one another in a variety of challenges. The prize? Keeping their jobs, pensions and healthcare.

Autoworkers Compete to Keep Jobs, Livelihoods on New Reality Show

It’s almost too dark to be particularly funny, especially given that Endemol (the minds behind one-time runaway success, present-day national embarrassment Big Brother) are putting together a new show for Fox in which co-workers at small companies vote to see who should get the sack.

Losing your job and being singled out for humiliation on national television? Ouch. My only hope is that a company’s employees finger the boss for the sack – which seems only fair, given that turning to this sort of sick roulette is effectively an admission of professional incompetence.

One Response to “Something pithy about reality outpacing satire”
  1. Colum Paget says:

    This is the kindof stuff that once would have turned up in Sci-Fi, and people would have said “That’ll never happen. People won’t let it happen.”