I dislike reality shows. I mean I passionately dislike them. If every reality show on tv went off the air I would consider that a good thing. And yet today as I was going through my daily blog reading I came across mention of Joel Comm’s The Next Internet Millionaire enough times that I had to watch and give it a chance. It’s an hour (50+ minutes) I could have spent doing something else. Did I mention I dislike reality tv. I dislike it just as much online as I do offline.
Let me be fair to Joel, the contestants, and everyone who put The Next Internet Millionaire together. It’s not as bad as I probably made it sound above and if you happen to like reality shows you might like this. It’s basically a stripped down version of Donald Trump’s Apprentice. The first 15 or so minutes introduces the 12 contestants who all seem like decent people and then the 12 become two teams where they have to complete the day’s challenge. The losing team goes back to the judgment room to determine who gets eliminated. The production is not quite up to Trump’s standards, but it’s actually better than you might expect from an online show.
If you like reality shows and you also have an interest in internet marketing you’ll probably enjoy this online version of reality programming.
A Missed Opportunity For Teaching
What I had been hoping for was a little more learning for those watching. For example in this first episode the two teams get a lesson from Mark Joyner about Simpleology, which aims to simplify your day so you can get more done. As someone who wakes every morning wanting to do more than I think I reasonably can in a given day I was looking forward to the next few minutes of the show. Unfortunately while the contestants get to learn, we don’t.
I think the show missed a great opportunity to teach us as it’s teaching the contestants. Sell us on the idea that not only are we watching who will be come the next internet millionaire, but that in watching we may become the next one after that. Help the rest of us become better internet marketers instead of having us watch yet another group of people compete and make presentations about something we never really get to see. Give us 15 minutes worth of education and then let us watch what the contestants do with their new knowledge
If I was only looking for entertainment I could think of more remarkable things to occupy my time.
Had I been able to learn something I probably would be more inclined to watch next week and follow along till the end. As it is this might be the only episode I’ll watch. But again in all fairness to the show I’m not a fan of realty programming in the first place and I suspect that anyone who is, especially if you like The Apprentice, will find enough here to keep you watching till the end.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement from me I know, but my guess is those of you who would be interested still are despite my opinion and I wanted to let you know about the show. I think new episodes will be out on Fridays so this might make for good weekend watching. And for all I know I’ll end up giving it another chance myself.