We all have our “guilty pleasures” and for some people, reality TV is one of them. The phrase “reality television” conjures a variety of images, some of them positive, some highly unpleasant and it can be embarrassing to admit that you watch reality TV on a daily basis. Some people believe that this kind of entertainment is worthless and bad for us as it convey bad values and how people should view society.
Over the past few or so years, less scripted television has been shown on screen and fare more reality TV is on. Reality shows are cheap and easy to produce and it is an easy way to entertain people. I would agree to a certain point with those people that say reality television is bad for us. I do believe that there are some good reality shows out there as American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance. What I just can’t stand are programs like Paradise Hotel, Big Brother and all the different dating shows out there. They are shows with no other purpose than to entertain people, and in many cases to the neglect of important values.The spectacles of humiliation, melodrama and interpersonal conflict we can find in these shows have an influence on our culture and values; they also present bad role models to the viewers. Also, in many cases, this form of reality TV is dishonest. It pretends to show the “reality” but it actually distorts the truth to suite the program makers. Reality shows alter the viewer’s perception of reality and pollute the viewer’s mind with distorted pictures.
Yes, I will claim that most reality shows are lazy television and require no thought and intellect to understand. We turn to reality TV because of the entertainment; however, it becomes a problem when people think that this is how we should act in real life. But even though I hate these shows, I have to admit that it is one of my own “guilty pleasures”. I find it entertaining to watch people that try to keep themselves in the spotlight at any cost. These are people that don’t really care how they are portrayed on camera, thinking that any publicity is good publicity. Jersey Shore is a great example of this. The show consists of alcohol, partying and having sex on TV and presents terrible role models to the audience. But I have to admit it, watching these people make fools of themselves is quite funny. It is bad, lazy and simple entertainment, but sometimes that’s all I need.