Real-Life Truman Show —
According to the Guardian
, RTL2 TV in Germany is constructing an entire fake town outside of Hamburg which will provide the setting for their version of the Big Brother Reality TV show. It'll be just like a real-life version of The Truman Show
. Residents of the artificial town will be filmed 24 hours a day, every day of the year. In addition, fans of the show will be able to visit the town "to see the residents just as if they were visiting a zoo."
The German broadcasters say that the only difference between the premise of The Truman Show
and their planned show, is that in their show "contestants will be willing participants in this next-generation leap into voyeurism."
Then, in the next breath, they say, "We hope couples will get pregnant and family groups will interact with all the usual family frictions."
So if a couple gets pregnant, will the child be given any choice about whether it wants to grow up monitored by TV viewers 24 hours a day?