May 10, 2006

Perverted Reality

I saw a promo this morning on Today for a Dateline story, "To Catch a Predator".

It's at least the second in a series, in which the show stings online predators:

  1. Decoys go to online chat rooms posing as underage girls and boys.
  2. They lure the guys - aged 21 into their late forties, in the current episode - with promises of sex with the underage decoy.
  3. The guys come to the house Dateline has rented for the ambush zone.
  4. They drop the sting; the decoy is an actor, and they are on film.
  5. They interview the suspects.
  6. The local cops then move in and make the arrest.
On the one hand, I'm happy to see these people being stung. Good riddance (assuming they're tried and convicted).

And the stories are intensely affecting; I feel my skin crawl watching them.

On the other hand, this is the second in the series of such reports. And we're into sweeps - one of the periods when ratings are measured.

The first time was news. This time, it's a perverted reality show; the pornography of creepy Schadenfreude.

Posted by Mitch at May 10, 2006 08:09 AM | TrackBack

mitch wrote: "On the other hand, this is the second in the series of such reports."

Actually, I think this was the fourth or fifth report. Ack.

Posted by: Indy R at May 12, 2006 12:00 PM

My wife watched part of this and her comment was "A lot of it seemed like entrapment. The guys were chatting, got flushed with success when the girl said she would meet them, and the ones that tried to back out were really pressured by the actress to meet." She doesn't have any sympathy for the guys, but she did wonder how many of the arrests would result in actual convictions.

Posted by: ken at May 15, 2006 12:24 PM
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