Reality shows have been a staple of television for over a decade. Whether one wants to find true love or be Naked and Afraid, nothing is off limits. This remains true for societies most valued and formerly sheltered group, children. Two shows that have generated a lot of criticism over the past years are Dance Moms on Lifetime and Toddlers and Tiaras on TLC. Both reality shows include young girls being pressured by their own mothers, to compete in an intense competition, filled with sabotage and betrayal. Each show has been accused of regularly exploiting children and promoting a destructive up-bringing. Although I would argue both shows be pulled from the air, if I were to choose, Dance Moms has a few reprising attributes that make it a more worthwhile show than
In communication scholarship, there isn’t enough understanding of how reality show audiences feel about what they watch. The purpose in conducting this study is to develop an understanding of how audiences interpret performed identities in reality television. There needs to be more discussion of the present state of reality television. Much of the discussion of African Americans in reality television circle around 2008 when Flavor of Love or Omarosa Manigulat-Stallworth, star of The Apprentice, was on air. Reality television is increasingly becoming the dominant genre of television. Because of it staged version of reality, audience members are
Dance began as a form of communication and storytelling. Thousands of years ago dancing served as a way for people to tell a story and helped distract themselves of the hardships they faced. Furthermore, dance was a form of storytelling through communication, which then turned into using storytelling through dance as entertainment. According to the History World, many dancers during the BC time danced in front of only a few people to get a story across. That later turned into hundreds of thousands of people as dance was used by many. Today, dance is also a form of entertainment and storytelling, but in a modern sense. However, today perfection and technique are stressed more than they were in the past. Yet, the passion for dance has not changed. Many dancers who share this passion also have many of the same qualities. Among a discourse community of trained dancers, one expects to find individuals who are healthy and active athletes, expect perfection from themselves through competition, and religiously attend dance performances.
Three laps around the gym, minute long planks, crunches, sit-ups, and pushups in a matter of thirty minutes. As a dancer, experiencing and realizing the strength that needs to be present in order for an athlete to grow is vital. We go through long hours of choreography sessions, pain and strain on our bodies, and vigorous training. Many people will disagree on the status of if dance is a sport or not. Both Mary- Elizabeth Esquibel, in her article “Why Dance Will Always Be a Sport” and the infographic entitled “Is Dance a Sport?” attack this controversial dilemma. Even though these arguments use different formats, they use rhetoric similarly.
Reality television is not just television. It is a form of entertainment that for the most part has no informative aspect to it. It does however offer it’s viewers a chance to escape from reality and real problems for just a brief period. The popularity of reality television all over the world has made reality TV a major player when it comes to real life drama, social conflicts, how to, and competitions. Reality television brings the experiences of the actors into the living rooms of the viewers and allows them to relate the experiences they are seeing on the television to their actual lives and experiences. Reality Television has helped to change culture and society by allowing the viewers to interact and accept the behaviors of the people they are watching and allows the viewers to
Reality TV has been programmed to “over-dramatize”. This is because some of the shows that involve drama lack a reality that attracts people to learn lessons. Many reality TV shows such as “Love and Hip-Hop”, “Bad Girls Club”, and “Basketball Wives” are targeted for a predominately African-American audience. However, those shows continue to represent the
I had just moved to Washington state and I auditioned for the local dance studio’s competition team for fun. I had no idea how talented they were. And I was just an untrained recreational dancer…Not surprisingly, I didn’t earn a coveted spot on the team it the first time I auditioned. That didn’t stop me from training seriously and auditioning for the team each year until I made it. And here I stand, now starting on my sixth year on the team and as one of the last people from my original team who decided not to quit when they started high school. Dance isn’t just twirling around in pretty pink tutus. What the general population doesn’t picture when they think of dance is the tremendous amount of strenuous work and the blood and sweat and tears that goes into every performance and competition. Certain dancers can’t handle it and quit when they realize they don’t have the passion. My passion keeps me living and breathing and most importantly, dancing, when times get
Jaspreana Tobias, a young girl born in the vibrant city of New Orleans, Louisiana, was a child who had grew up around music and rhythm and soul. Born to a family where the last person who was not from New Orleans was born two generations ahead of her, one could assume the rhythm was in her blood. Since she was little and could feel the music, the young Louisianan danced and did so with passion. Though her family loves music and all its counterparts, Jaspreana is the only dancer in the Tobias family tree. In high school, Jaspreana, a determined dancer, tried out for her school’s dance team. Unfortunately she did not make the cut. As any young woman would be, she was disappointed in herself; heart-broken actually. In her mind, she had a great chance at making the team, due to her skillful footwork and elegant grace as a dancer. In her own words, the result of her not making the team was “devastating” as it shook her confidence to the core. On that day, Jaspreana swore she would never try out for another dance team ever again. After months and months of sulking and great disappointment, her love and passion for the art of dancing returned. Not only had it returned, it returned with a new fire which burned deep in her soul. Dancing was her passion and being a professional dancer had been her dream since she could ever even two step to the sound of a simple beat. Jaspreana practiced and practiced. She would dance and think about dancing from the break of dawn until dusk. Finally
In Katha Pollitt 's essay entitled "The Hunger Games ' Feral Feminism," Pollitt writes about what reality television might look like if taken to extremes. Reality television is a huge part of our culture today, and I not only agree with Pollitt 's views and ideas of what reality TV would look if taken to the extremes, but I believe that we have already gotten to that point. Today 's reality TV shows such as "Keeping up with the Kardashians", "The Bachelorette" or any of the "Real Housewives" are among many of today 's popular shows that focus on extreme aggression, bullying, physical beauty, and sex appeal. These TV shows teach us that it is not only ok to compromise morals and values, but that type of behavior accepted and rewarded. In today 's age, reality TV generally has to go negative and go to the extreme in order for it to be interesting despite the lasting impact that it may have on viewers. Reality TV has an impact on the values of their viewers and alters how they may perceive real-life situations. Therefore, it 's important to take a look at some of the standards portrayed by reality TV.
The author begins telling the readers who she is, basically, that dance is a portion of her life. She teaches dance and creates new techniques through teaching children. She mentions how creative children are and how that has inspired her work throughout the years she has been choreographing. The co-operatives Marin County Dance, located in California, has impacted lives in the company. The classes cost only fifty cents per person. This organization brings this community of children together along with the volunteers which is primarily there parents. Not only are the classes for all children but their was a demand for boys in the beginning of the creation of the program. This program was only successful in fraction by reason of the parents’ role as volunteers. The parents, in reality, coordinate the location, attendance, and finances. The author mentions, powerful understanding of a child’s background and level of age allows a teacher to engineer their lessons for the child. Like training an adult, the learning process takes time. Children learn best when moving and exhibiting dance.
This Documentary directed by Agrelo interviewed fifth-grade students who live in the New York, Bronx documented these students how they would react about ballroom dancing. The instructors noticed that over time the classes made the student’s behavior change their lives by this program helped the students to be off the streets and also learn skills and have positive energy in their life. The director gathered information by researching the schools and scenery of current events. Most of the students that are being documented are from poor low-income families that live in the New York, Bronx. Marita’s Bargain and Mad Hot Ballroom are very much in many ways as so the students are living in the New York Bronx and they are both using 5th graders
For close to a decade, the ethics behind the existence of reality TV have been questioned. While there are ardent viewers of reality TV, researchers and other scholars disapprove them, and claim that the world would have been in a better place. Reality TV shows, especially in America, are extremely profitable to media owners, and this has increased their popularity in the recent years. The main target audience for these shows are teenagers and women, who spend a lot of time discussing about them, even hours after the shows. Most of the reality shows in America and other parts of the world have common ideas. The most fundamental aspect of most reality TV shows is that they display people who go through embarrassing, painful and humiliating ordeals. This is what the reality shows expect their audiences to be entertained, and presumably laugh at the situations the people go through. For this reason and many more, it has been found that they are more detrimental than entertaining to the society, and therefore, the world would be in a better place without them (Pozner 89-91).