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Reality television- why are you wasting your life?

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Reality television- why are you wasting your life? What pleasure do you get from watching a group of people humiliate themselves in the name of television? Media both in the UK and around the world seem to have "discovered" that so-called "reality" shows are very profitable, resulting in a growing string of such shows in recent years. Although not all are successful, many do achieve significant popularity and cultural prominence. That does not mean, however, that they are good for society or that they should be aired. Can you honestly say, that after absorbing the reality rubbish, you have learnt something? Educational, stimulating, witty, are all adjectives you would not associate with reality television. Reality T.V is a case of vegetating in front of the screen and glazing gormlessly at a group of half-hearted celebrities as they involve themselves in... a deep philosophical conversation. Not only does Reality Television reflect appallingly on our media culture, but it corrupts the mind of youngsters, giving them twisted views on society. ...read more.


Not only did the most recent Big Brother contain sex related scenes and racial prejudice, but physical attacks in which the police have got involved. And you wonder why GBH is rife around pubs, and why children are getting suspended from school for deliberately smashing windows? As I'm sure you are aware of, people, children in particular, love television. A lot of things they see on it will pollute their daily routines. If youngsters enjoy Big Brother and programs of a similar genre- and further see event emblazoned on the papers, no doubt they will adopt the attitudes of some of the savage brutes involved. People may say that these clashes on such shows are staged, by developers trying to create drama and humour, and thus boost up viewer ratings. But isn't this even more shocking? Crafty manipulators clapping their hands in ecstasy as they marvel over a line which causes friction and arguing. ...read more.


If you find that you are entertained by the suffering and humiliation of others, that's a problem. Perhaps an occasional instance wouldn't merit comment, but a weekly schedule of such pleasure is another matter entirely. I suspect that people's ability and willingness to take pleasure in such things may stem from the increasing separation we experience from others around us. The more distant we are from each other as individuals, the more readily we can objectify each other and fail to experience sympathy and empathy when others around us suffer. The fact that we are witnessing events not in front of us but rather on television, where everything is has an unreal and fictional air about it, probably aids in this process as well. I'm not saying that you should never watch reality TV programming, but the motivations behind being a viewer are ethically suspect. Instead of passively accepting whatever media companies try to feed you, it would be better to take some time to reflect on why such programming is made and why you feel attracted to it. Perhaps you will find that your motivations themselves are not so attractive. ...read more.

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