So why this popularity of shows about stuff? Maybe in our materialist culture, people are just obsessed with things. Or, maybe it is the stories and history behind objects that interests them. Maybe they are intrigued by the high sums of money in which the shows deal. Or, the shows could simply reflect the timeless Cinderella story: average people bring in what seems to be everyday junk, but is revealed to be valuable treasure.
Anyway, I let my curiosity get the better of me and watched the premiere of Buried Treasure.
Over-dramatization and corny graphics aside, there were actually some interesting aspects to this show. In contrast to Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Stars, Buried Treasure actually brings you into people's homes, and gives you a greater sense of the everyday contexts of extraordinary objects and the significance they hold in the owners' lives. In addition, rather than just valuing these treasures based on monetary worth, we see more their emotional value as a family heirloom or personal relic. And then at the extreme end, we see what happens when the objects take over a person's life.
As I go forward with this blog and my interest in objects, I wonder if it is even a good thing to be so interested in things: so quickly one can fall off the edge into materialism or at worst, hoarding. There are a great number of wonderful, interesting, valuable objects out there, but obviously they are not the most important part of life. At the very least, I hope the interest in these shows reflects that; they are just entertainment, after all.