This thread got me thinking and actually made me register to this forum (love it).
I see the concept of a contest (like in Keys to the VIP or The PUA) as a very good way to really exhaust the best out of a player, and thus, learn how he would do it at his best, with risks on the line.
However, I also found problems with the idea. MPUA's would never risk their reputation and business. All of them are good at what they do, and all of them could have a few failed sets occasionally. All kudos to them for their commitment.
I study psychology at a university here in Sweden. What I've understood through the years is that perfection is something that I want in everything, including my game (who would ever want to fail with a girl). I think that all the different MPUA's have achieved perfection in one way or the other, but may lack in some details. I also understand that pride wouldn't let them compete either.
The technique that I always use, I repeat: ALWAYS USE, to acquire new skills, is to observe the masters in their best and worst cases, and compaire them to the best/worst cases of mediocre subjects. The purpose of this is to distill the details that make the difference in a short time-span period (i.e testing a subjects skill continually to find and explain positive and negative spikes in the use of the persons skill).
My proposition to a tv-show:
The masters mentioned before me all get together as a team that doesn't compete. Instead they compete with themselves. They all make a series of pick-ups, and solely pick the five best and worst pick-ups, to later discuss the pros and cons with the other gurus in an all good manner (hopefully). In that way, the program would be really teaching, yet humble (is that still a word?), and furthermore irradicate the fear of the PUA's to take part. They would in the end all feel like one of the elite, still feel that they've taught us something, and even got help scrutinizing their own skills.
The language would have to be explained in pure english (not that hard, eh?). The PUA terminology could be taught (even I learned it), but only if the AFC's consistently followed the series. The series that hit the top viewing rates are the ones you could just hop in to.
Please help make TV nicer! I'm tired of the evilness in today's TV agenda. Roasting, American Idol, Keys to the VIP, etc. are all so negging and dissing, preventing the best to even show themselves. I understand that there is an effective evil that is necessary to climb the ladder of status and value in every aspect of life. But please, for our cause of the game, pay the idea forward.