Reality Tv Paper

2543 words 11 pages
Assignment 1:

Reality television has become increasingly more popular and appears to be taking over the entertainment business. Psychologist Lawrence Rubin seems to think it all goes back to Aristotle, “The notion of being drawn to drama and tragedy”(Kinon, 2009). The viewer receives a false sense of “real life” and disconnects from their own “real life” by diving into someone else's. The effects these television shows have on society as a whole can be positive or negative depending on the message the show depicts. Shows such as “Jersey Shore”, “16 and Pregnant”, and “Dr. 90210” are a huge success to MTV but could be considered detrimental to society by painting distorted pictures of reality in the viewer’s mind. Shows including
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Many of these teens watching believe that the show depicts real teen pregnancy which is far from the truth.

Jersey Shore has taken partying, fighting, and acting a fool to a whole new level. The Borough of Seaside Heights has stated “The people on the show are certainly not indicative of the majority of those who visit, and enjoy the Jersey Shore and Seaside Heights every summer”(Leventry ,2010). The show promotes behavior that is trashy, rude, and promiscuous while wearing clothing that is so skimpy it barely covers the ladies body parts. This would not be and shouldn’t be socially acceptable.. The norms of society seem to be fading into unacceptable behavior that is becoming normal in everyday life. Jersey Shore and other reality shows include characters drinking, partying, obsessing over appearance and engaging in rambunctious behavior but MTV rarely show the consequences that they may face while conducting themselves that way. The characters are shown binge drinking and going out every night with intentions of bringing home a “hook-up”. MTV fails to show that leading a lifestyle of partying similar to the Jersey Shore cast can deter you from leading a successful life. Most can not pass college courses, keep a good job, or maintain a healthy relationship while leading a lifestyle of partying nightly. Bad reputations are also gained from bringing hook-ups home from the bars and


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