Space Cadets ethical concerns
Endemol, the producers of Big Brother, have come up with another reality TV concept in which nine people will be told they are to take a trip into space courtesy of the Russian tourist industry. The Space Cadets however, will be flying in a Hollywood-created space shuttle, with a custom-built screen outside the windows which will give the appearance of being in orbit around the earth.
Sounds like a bit of harmless fun? Not to the Sage of Ashford, John Beyer, for whom the Channel 4 production raises deep moral concerns. From the Austin American Statesan:
I think ethical questions need to be raised about the idea of duping a group of people into believing they are going into space. Broadcasters are supposed to be focusing on better programming that elevates our society, and not on tricking people.
Strangely, a site-specific Google search of Mediawatchuk.org reveals no comments from Massah Beyer on previous shows which relied on “tricking people”, such as Candid Camera or Beadle’s About.