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Big Brother, the Heads of State edition?

January 6, 2013 Leave a comment

I’ve forgotten how long it’s been since I posted. I have a couple of half-done things I’ll post in due course but this isn’t one of them.

Apparently there’s a new Celebrity Big Brother in TV. You know the format, a bunch of showbiz types who’ve fallen on hard times living in forced proximity, arguing and falling out and making up again and doing collaborative tasks and then confessing stuff to Big Brother. Something like that. To be honest I don’t think I’ve seen more than two minutes of it at a time since the first UK series, and even then it only gripped me for about half an hour.

But how would it play if, instead of having the showbiz types, they could persuade eight or ten heads of state to go into the house? And give them a real task, like finding a way to solve their various debt crises or world hunger or climate change or negotiate a solution to the various Middle East conflicts? And do in in real time, with everyone watching? I’d watch.

Of course the rules would have to be changed a little. They’d have to be able to send emails and make phone calls, except we could see the mails and listen in on the phone calls. The location of the house might need to be changed for security reasons, though the idea of making them all sleep in a dorm works for me. And there might need to be a ‘no dictators’ rule, though it’s doubtful any dictators would want to be on it in case there was a coup while they were in the house.

I’m not sure if the evictions process would work the same. But they’d all want to win, wouldn’t they? So they’d probably try their hardest to understand each others’ perspectives, resolve conflicts, and solve the problem that was set. I think it would make compelling viewing. And it would be even better if they came up with good plans and then implemented them.

It would also, of course, be compelling viewing if the problem-solving exercise turned out to be a disaster…

What do you reckon? Anyone else like to see Big Brother, the Heads of State edition?

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