The Effect of Reality Television Shows

2018 Words Apr 5th, 2011 9 Pages
Television has become a significant part of our daily lives.Despite vast internet network developments, many people in the world still spend significant timewatching television. According to the article “Television viewing at all-time high” from the Los Angeles Times, “…the average American now watches more than 151 hours of TV a month. That is about five hours a day”. ( People still get important information from their TVs and are also entertained from this same source. Televisionshowsnowadays have more ways to reach their audience through computer monitors and cell phone screens. It has also become very convenient forpeople to watch these TV shows at anytime and at any place.Because of this newly increased accessibility, …show more content…
Problems of “Jersey Shore” startfrom casting. There is not one single person outside this race, and the show represents the people living in New Jersey horribly. MTV’s other reality TV show “The Real World” also seems to have a prerequisite for casting too. Even”Survivor” seemed to be racist by dividing teams up according to race, naming a black team and white team.
Sexuality in reality shows isone of the biggest problems. There are shows like “Rock of Love Bus” or “Jersey Shore” that are all about sex and the consumption of alcohol. Those kinds of shows tend to focus too much on sexual relationships with drinking involved. The entire story of Jersey Shore is about the craziness of those people in the show. If they actnormal, it is not going to be on the show because that is not entertaining. All we can see from Jersey Shore is thatpeople have parties and hookup with random people in the club. It does not give any good influence on people who watch that show. Young kids not mature enough for this kind of content only gain bad influence from watching these shows. They perceive those kinds of crazy actions that they see on shows as cool things to do and end upimitating them in real life.The fact that the producers putthat craziness in the show might make the audience feel good, but it also reinforces the bad elements in people.
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