Thursday, November 1, 2012

How Reality TV Has Changed the Entertainment Industry

     On the topic of reality t.v., many feel that it is pointless, no matter how entertaining it may be. For all of the time that the Real Housewives and Keeping Up With the Kardashians take up  on the air, there could be more t.v. shows based on classic literature or other books with good storylines. Some feel that the personal lives of celebrities should be kept to books and blogs, not wasting time on t.v.
     Television used to be about delivering the news and bringing families together. Sitcoms, such as Full House or Family Matters, taught valuable life lessons, while shows like Mythbusters and American Pickers teach mini-lessons in science and history that can supplement education. The only thing that reality t.v. brings to the table is drama. Once could even go so far as to say that many of the attitude issues and crude personalities of teens today have been greatly influenced by watching Snooki and J Woww go after each other after too much to drink.

     Young people are greatly influenced by what they see and hear through mass media, so if all they see is their favorite celebrities getting too drunk to walk or cheating on their spouses, they can feel that they should follow the lead of their role models. Some even mimic the lifestyles of celebrities without even realizing it.

     All-in-all, reality t.v. is having a negative impact on the message the entertainment industry is sending to the public. Messages were overall positive in influence before reality t.v. took to the tube, while now there is an increasing negativity being broadcast into living rooms around the world. It would benefit the social system of the country to remove, or at least cut down on the number of reality t.v. shows broadcast by the entertainment industry.

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