Pre-AP English II - P4
21st, May 2013
Reality TV: Cruel or Creative?
Why do you watch reality TV? Perhaps it is interesting to see a lifestyle very different from yours. Perhaps it fills a room with your laughter to see how a person on TV can be so ignorant. Perhaps it makes you babble with all the gossip it causes. But just put down your selfish thoughts, and think about the possibility of lies, or humility the protagonist may be crushed under. Although reality TV may bring upon fame that may mean happiness or money to the subject, it should be categorized as a cruel type of entertainment program because of the chances of being socially lacerated through unfair exploitation by selfish producers, and the constant judgment and abuse from the people and media.
One of the many wrongs of reality TV is how a subject can get socially tormented through this unfair exploitation. These people usually have no say for what goes on during their show. Typically, reality shows feature “ordinary people who are placed in apparently unscripted – and therefore unpredictable – situations.” This statement written in 2Facts explains how this unscripted technique used in reality TV show the dangers that may occur during the shooting. Without knowing what type of situation in occurring these people become more exposed to greater accidents. Another section in 2Facts states that reality TV has been accused “for allegedly exposing their subjects to emotional strain and encouraging destructive behaviors such as binge drinking.” People who take part in reality shows are not exempt from this human nature. Once in a while, the subject may say or act in a certain way that is not “nice.” Soon, the media is roaring with angry viewers who spit words of hatred. But who are they to accuse the subject? Don’t we all sometimes make mistakes and sometimes be someone that we are not? Rather than kindly and thoughtfully toning down or even deleting these...
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