Bong or Booze.. in the big 'ole scheme of things, it is a GLIMPSE into other people's lives that we'd normally never know about. Whether it be a rich, or a poor family...why would we (as viewers) ever get so "involved" with the families to say "I'm sad that I watched"? Heck, if we're all suppose to get THAT involved, why aren't there hordes of viewers driving down to Georgia to help build the Cooke's a new home?
If you think about it, they (BOTH families) are benefiting a whole $50K from this ONE WEEK adventure. If the money can alleviate any "flaws" that the family has been living with (ie; roof, not enough rooms, appliances..etc), I'm not going to feel sad for anyone.
Bottom line IMO, there are MILLIONS of people that live destitute, and millions that live in all the creature comforts that $$ can buy...this show is taking a family from each demographic and having them experience something they've NEVER known (or acknowledged) before. We're the spectators, wishing and wanting for entertainment.. and inevitably hoping for the best for each family.
So, whether it's the bong or the beer that is being my "dumdown" for that hour...I'm not going to let my "feelings" for the show spiral into sadness that I watched, OR for how the families live.
I'm just grateful that I'm not stuck watching a reality show that does NOTHING for my personal entertainment, cause this one seems to be doing just what I want it to do..entertain me.