Freshman Composition I
Is Reality TV Really The Reality?
In the world we live in today, television is one of the most popular technological advancements. Television catches the eyes of many viewers with captivating program series of shows such as game shows, dramas, cartoons, scary shows, comedies, sitcoms as well as reality shows. Among many American teenagers we commonly find the same interest in the reality shows such as 16 and Pregnant, Jersey Shore, The Challenge: Rivals, The Hills, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, and Dancing With The Stars. Teenagers are mostly interested in reality shows because a lot of times we find “individuals compar[ing] themselves with others for a variety of reasons, including to: determine relative standing on an issue or related ability; emulate behaviors; determine norms; lift spirits or feel better about life and personal situations; and evaluate emotions, personality, and self-worth” (Frisby 292). Sure the programs are entertaining, hilarious, suspenseful, exciting, and obnoxious. But is this the real reality? Do these kinds of scenarios happen every day, is it really okay to go out and party and show up hours late to work, if even that? Is this what life is really about? This is not the reality of life. Reality is everyday challenges that humans face, it is about responsibilities, family, friends, and values. Somehow, someway these television shows fool the audience by forgeting to include the more important things such as the topics listed above, which then makes it seem okay, and input the things that mean nothing at all for entertainment purposes. For example the hit MTV reality show Jersey Shore is about 8 college aged people, that are not in college, but have nothing better to do than go out party, drink, and have sex. The Jersey Shore cast members assigned specific jobs in certain locations where they are then told to cause a scene. Why viewers ask? For publicity reasons: To attract attention from more viewers...
Cited: Frisby, Cynthia.” Getting Real With Reality TV.” Perspectives on Contemporary Issues.5th Ed.
Katherine Anne Ackley. Boston Wadsworth Cengage Learning. 2009. 291-294. Print.
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