Does Reality TV Affect People in a Positive Way?
Have you ever watched a reality television show? Reality TV has become widely known to many people over the years. In the 1940s, there were only 2 reality TV shows aired, and in 2010 there were more than 300 (Ocasio 1)! Reality TV is divided into the following categories: game or elimination, talent, talk, makeover, documentary, or spoofs (Thomas 1). It is controversial that reality TV has an influence on the way people act. Some may think it is a bad thing, but it can be a positive! Reality TV can be inspirational and broadcast public awareness. Reality TV shows can be inspirational in many ways. For example, when viewers watch success stories they see how people can change their lives around and think maybe they can do that for themselves. An example of a reality TV show that expresses inspiration is America’s Next Top Model. Even though not every girl can win, many women have gone off and succeeded in life after with the help of that show, for example, Tocarra Jones did (Wood 1). You may watch that show and think all the women are catty. All girls are catty sometimes, but on this show the girls are on their own and have to face battles against other people, just as we all do. Now this can show viewers they need to be the bigger person sometimes, stand up for themselves, and not let others beat them down. A survey says that the majority of viewers that watch reality TV shows are more likely to aspire leadership (Radford 1). Inspiring viewers is not the only thing reality TV shows do, though. Next, many reality TV shows broadcast public awareness. Public awareness basically means what it says- making the public aware of a certain topic. In this case, reality TV shows can make the public aware about teen pregnancy. Studies show 87% of teens that watch the show ‘Teen Mom’ feel educated about teen pregnancy and do not glamorize the show (Perritano 1). In fact, in 2009, teen pregnancy rates were at the lowest they’ve...
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