Although some might call this a new form of "reality television,"maybe it is actually a new way for people to relax. Not unlike watching a fire in a fireplace, perhaps? From the Wall Street Journal: "A Different Take on Reality TV: 18 Hours of Swimming Salmon"
I like this quote on human intelligence and our humanity, from Adam Gopnik. “Yet human intelligence has another force, too: the sense of urgency that gives human smarts their drive. Perhaps our intelligence is not just ended by our mortality; to a great degree, it is our mortality.” ― Adam Gopnik