TV Shows Influencing TeensTuesday, January 31, 2012 By Elizabeth Levis
What makes for a “great show”? Drama, fights, tears, you name it! Although most of what we see on TV is heavily fabricated, and “reality shows” are completely scripted, why do these fake fights and drama create so-called “excellent” entertainment for everyone? Think about it. An episode of Jersey Shore isn’t entertaining and won’t get a rise out of critics unless two characters end up screaming, punching someone, or making fools out of themselves. That’s what reality television has turned into. It’s sad, but true. In many cases, people call reality show participants stupid for subjecting themselves to the humiliation and ridicule that occurs when they act so idiotic. Newsflash -- the only reason they are told to act that way is because that’s what sells and what we, as a society, keep on tuning into every Thursday night! As a viewer of far too much television in the past, I have come to despise most reality shows. It’s truly upsetting to realize that trashy, drunken slobs are the role models of today’s youth. Young adults and teens see the Kardashians and say, “Wow, I want to be just like that!” That’s great. Who knows? Maybe within the next 20 years, our President’s biggest concern will be whether to add the Chanel purse or the Prada bag to her ensemble. We all know that the media influences not only our nation’s youth, but our entire society. Encouraging television that promotes girls stabbing each other in the back, showcases public drunkenness, and teaches “how to be shallow 101” is damaging to our nation. Please realize that TV is TV, nothing more. Set high standards for yourself and seek a role model who actually believes in something, and isn’t concerned about buying a $250,000 bracelet.