Now Showing: Can of Worms

Can of worms sees an age-old TV practice (sometimes coincidental, sometimes intentional) being undertaken; take the
format of another show, tweak it and market to a different audience.  In this case
the show was Q&A, an interactive platform on which guests of
politicians, journalists or other public personalities discuss
important issues, take questions or comments from the audience and
fuel an online conversation between Twitterers and Facebookers. Take
away the politicians, swap “important” for “trivial” and “conversation”
for “frenzy” and you have Can of Worms. It’s a show where every week 3 well-known people are quizzed on an
array of issues and topics where they must take a stand and be
prepared to reveal all; the topics while maybe sometimes important
like cyber bullying and discrimination, mostly pertain to the
hard-hitting subjects like is re-gifting ok, have you ever dated an
older person, do you swear a lot or flash your car-lights when there’s
a speed camera around; the sort of stuff that seems targeted toward
young people or at least the young person in all of us.The show is an extension of the interpersonally interested society we
have no doubt become; we like learning about other people so we engage in
social media and we like learning about our favourite celebrities so
we buy tabloids; Can of worms effectively combines both aspects of
this; we are learning the views and dirty secrets of popular Aussie
celebs while the social media conversation this show triggers sees us
doing likewise with other such people connected on the cyberweb.But all of this harks to a deeper issue; a blogospheric issue too. As
Laurie Johnson, 2012: 62 stated; the identity that we form “must
always be worked out by the individual”. Celebrities would only seek
to bare-all on such a show if they sought to form a relatable persona
that in turn brings people closer to them and more likely to watch
them, listen to them, vote for them or enact whatever gesture of
loyalty towards that celebrity’s professional work. This is especially the case in Australia where we culturally detest pretension and arrogance and hence seeing someone famous humble themselves in a most public, humiliating way would be par for the course in attaining more popularity; don burke probably attracted as much adulation from his Can of Worms swearing streak than in the many years he spent on people’s gardens.Some however just want for the sake of it attention and hence another element of blogging is enacted; we don’t
blog for ourselves we blog for others to read it and guests on the
show share views so that it can cause an online and possibly
news-cycle stir that brings that person into the forefront even if for
the wrong reason.

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