The funny thing is that when I talk to people about this fascinating show their reaction is normally "Oh, Big Brother - so stupid."
I think these people are crazy and here is why I like Big Brother:
It is an extremely interesting social experiment. The contestants are taken from the outside world to a relatively small space. They cannot have contact with the outside world. They do not know each other when the enter the house and their lives are ruled by the decisions Big Brother makes. There is no escape from the cameras or microphones - whatever the contestants do is monitored and recorded. There are even cameras in the toilet! The contestants world immediately becomes small and insular with only each other as their main form of entertainment.
Big Brother proves to me that people are very interesting creatures. As someone who has always been interested in people, their motivations, their souls, their personalities, their relationships and their conflicts, Big Brother is just the right show for me. Big Brother proves that people need other people. As the saying goes "No man is an Island". People couple off in the Big Brother house quite naturally. Two couples so far now share the same bed. Is this an innate need in human beings? The need to couple off?
The contestants are not allowed books, movies or the internet. They have to compete for their food budget and each week they nominate their fellow housemates. No one is safe in the house. They vote each other off. There are cliques that have formed. There are loyalties between people. Big Brother shows the good and bad sides of human nature - the things we love about people - their sense of humour and kindness and the things we hate about people - their bitchiness and manipulating.
I think being in the house would be a huge challenge and we have seen many tears. The topic of optimism and pessimism has come up regularly with both types of people in the house - Tully the pessimist and the Sugar Sisters the eternal optimists.
If you haven't ever seen Big Brother (where the hell have you been?), I highly recommend it but perhaps you need to start from the beginning and watch next year's one. I know I will be.
This article ends on a sad note. I am going to Australia in April to the Gold Coast. I have been on the Dream World website and sadly the Big Brother house will be closed by then to get ready for the 2014 show. Gutted. I really wanted to look inside it.