Reality TV has become a hot topic in the United States as of late. There are those who argue that reality shows are harmless entertainment and those who contend that reality shows are stereotypical and disgusting.
John Kass claims that most popular reality shows are disgusting and he believes that the American society has reached a new low in what Americans find entertaining. John Kass is surely right about most reality shows hitting a new low because these shows are corrupting the American society. The primary reason for this is because reality shows are becoming a form of entertainment that is both extremely trashy and lowers the IQ of the most intelligent human beings. Shows like “Buckwild”, “Jersey Shore”, “16 and Pregnant”, “Teen Mom”, and “All My Babies’ Mamas” are often promoting bad habits and moral choices. With the popularity of the shows “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” among teenagers, many girls see how the teenage mothers from the shows appear in the tabloids and some are even on the cover of magazines. This seeps ideas into their heads that if they become teen mothers, they too can be famous. They ignore realities of single-parenthood, lower the quality of life in themselves and their children. This also could decrease their likelihood of going to college, or even graduating from high school. The secondary reason is because most reality shows are extremely stereotypical or racist in their depiction of a group of people. “Jersey Shore” coins the term “Guido” to refer to the young, muscular and tanned club-hopping Italian men that populate the cast. Jersey Shore portrays Italian Americans as all egocentric, argumentative, unintelligent, and superficial. “Buckwild” is also being attacked for perpetuating stereotypes of West Virginians and hicks. My discussion of reality TV is in fact addressing the larger matter of bad choices made by teenagers because of harmful entertainment seen on television and stereotypes.
The upshot of all this is that John...
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