Reality Tv

1076 Words Mar 9th, 2013 5 Pages
In the media, reality TV stars like Snooki and Kim Kardashian are on the rise. Most channels on television have at least one reality show, from following housewives to remodeling homes of real life families. However, there are some reality programs that display bad examples, especially for young audiences that are keeping up with each episode. On MTV people see girls being drunk in public, addicts doing drugs, and young girls raising babies at young ages; these are situations seen on reality TV shows. Jeremy W. Peters’ “When Reality TV Gets Too Real” and James Poniewozik’s “Why Reality TV is Good for us” inform readers about what the general public can view on television and how it affects the minds of children. Reality TV shows such as …show more content…
The quote states that Intervention thrives off unpredictable moments and the less scripted the better.
Not only is reality TV inappropriate, but it can also humiliate people. For example, in Jersey Shore when the cast goes out to Karma, a club in Jersey, the cast gets drunk and embarrasses themselves because they start getting careless with their actions, cause trouble with other people and start revealing things on TV like skirts going up, tops coming down, etc. For a recovering addict, it is a disgrace to watch themselves and their families on programs like Intervention because they can look back at how they used to struggle in those “sticky situations” and it will always be a part of television entertainment. 16 and Pregnant shows couples and families getting into fights with each other and the cameras are always catching every moment of these battles along with the ups and downs of their struggle. This is what catches the viewers’ attention, dramatic fights. Poniewozik expresses how “it’s often women degrading themselves” and he does not want his “nine year-old thinking that’s the way girls should behave” (236). Basically, Poniewozik expresses how these shows, give people an insulting idea of women, so he forbids his daughter to watch these television

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