I am not a fan of reality tv. I don't watch any of the shows, but I know their names because everyone else watches and talks about them. Honey Boo Boo even got a mention during the 2012 presidential campaign when she was asked who she supported. That is television today, the drama of ordinary life. Nick Diaz apparently has drama in his life. I don't believe it is possible to act that part or make it all up. What makes Nick compelling where the latest white bachelor is not, at least in my eyes, is that Nick is genuine. There are no handlers or agents. We are seeing and hearing the unfiltered life of an admittedly uneducated but talented fighter who is struggling.
This is where television is at its best, exploitation. I feel dirty even saying this, but Nick Diaz could make a lot of money being exploited by television. What we have witnesses thus far is likely just the tip of quite an iceberg. Money, drugs (marijuana), identity . . . taxes. There is a lot there to mine. The question, though, is would anyone watch. That is where this latest press conference comes in. I was mesmerized. Like I said, I don't watch reality tv. I am also drama-free in my personal life and eschew those who revel in it. But yet, I soaked up Diaz. There is just something compelling there and I would like to see more.