29 May 2007

Reality TV: Get A Life

I suppose that I have never understood the voyeuristic urges that have so popularised reality TV shows. However, the latest such show from Holland truly seems like something out of science fiction - somehow reminiscent of Schwarzenegger's Running Man, where lives of contestants are involved. For Dutch viewers will be phoning in to vote for which of three patients will receive the donated kidney from a terminally ill lady called Lisa.

Making money out of the televised modern equivalents of beauty and popularity contests is one thing. Doing the same to resolve ethical questions of medical need seems like a dangerous first step towards the legal sale of body parts.