THE principal of Cheltenham Ladies' College says she hopes reality television shows like Big Brother will soon be a thing of the past.
Writing exclusively in the Gloucestershire Echo newspaper today Vicky Tuck made her comments after the eviction of Bea Hamill from the Big Brother household.
Bea, 24, a psychology graduate, is a former Cheltenham Ladies' College student.
Ms Tuck writes in her column: "In a world of uncertainties, one thing that is guaranteed is that I shall never enter the Big Brother household.
"Of course, an invitation is unlikely to be forthcoming, but I cannot comprehend what motivates someone to want to surrender their privacy in such a way and be subjected to the scrutiny and the opprobrium of the television public
"Doubtless my antipathy is just a reflection of the generation I belong to, as it is said that today’s young have no concept of privacy, growing up, as they do, in a culture of cyber self-expression.
"I am not sure what awaits Bea following her eviction from Big Brother since, after the character assassination that seems integral to the programme, it is difficult to imagine a media career of any substance or an easy return to whatever passed previously for normality.
"I hope reality television has almost run its course but one cannot but fear that there are rather too many people recovering from the experience of their transient ‘fame’. "If the motivation to appear on television was to gain a stronger sense of self then surely this is indicative of a deep-rooted social malaise."
You can read the full column - "A matter of principal" - today and every Tuesday, exclusively in The Gloucestershire Echo.