Does TV Affect American Culture Essay example

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     Does Television Shows Reflect American Culture?

There are many movies and television shows that reflect American culture. A show or movie must address some current societal problem or trend in order to truly reflect American life; murder, rape, racism, and, on a less serious note, parties, shopping, and sports are topics that deserve serious consideration by the public and the media. The show Beverly Hills 90210 attempts to be an accurate portrayal of the life of a typical well-off American teenager growing up in the 80's and 90's. The producers of the show attempt to integrate many real life situations in to the show. By doing this they are suggesting to the audience, which happens to be geared toward
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Another incident of tragedy occurred a couple seasons ago. A bullet intended for Dylan gunned down Dylan’s girlfriend, whose father was an organized crime figure of some kind. Ironically, her very own father hired the hit man. Not many parents go out and hire people to kill their children's boyfriends or girlfriends. However, in this circumstance there was a history between Dylan and her father. Her father had killed Dylan's father before they’d meet. Dylan was attempting to get revenge for his father's murder. In the meantime, Dylan has fallen in love with his daughter. The two lovers had just married and planned on a happy life when tragedy struck. In many ways, this incident portrays the negative images that organized crime reflects on the American culture. Although organized crime rings are decreasing, the problem of organized crime is still a detriment to American society. The producers are doing a good deed in showing this because it sends a message to teens; hopefully, they will want to become productive members of society and will not want to get involved with the harmful aspects of the American culture.
The show also deals with the topic of suicide. One of the characters on the show, Valerie, moved to California after her father killed himself because she could not stand to be in the house where such a horrible thing had happened. Valerie did not speak of the incident very frequently, but she was obviously disturbed about
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