I know a good majority of people love watching reality tv shows, but I never understood why. It’s not as realistic as it claims to be honestly, most of that crap is so dramatized it’s border line pathetic.
I’ve chosen to pick reality tv as the artifact I will be studying this semester in my Lit class. Mainly because there’s such just so much to cover in reality tv due to the various categories of programs that a whole semester doesn’t even seem enough to cover it.
Reality tv sends so many messages to its viewers that sometimes it goes unnoticed or not even taken seriously. The kinds of messages some of these reality shows are so subtle yet so effective that I had to pick this as my artifact to expose how horrible some of this crap is.
For one, the show I have to say is the worst for Americans is Teen Mom & 16 and Pregnant- I’m not discriminating on teen moms but shows like these make it seem ‘appropriate’ for teens to get pregnant. I understand the show focuses on struggles and hard work on being a pregnant teen but it’s as if they’re encouraging teen pregnancies when they should really be encouraging safer sex-especially amongst teens. These kinds of shows make it seem like it’s okay to get pregnant at an early age and you can get on tv for it.
Why study reality tv? In every reality show are subtle messages that we should consider looking more closely into. We can avoid turning into something society wants us to turn into, or act the way OTHER people deem fit. Take a closer look into the over dramatized reality television shows you and especially your kids watch-studying it will help you prevent brain damage from watching crap like that.
It’s a fact, nobody truly enjoys being told how to think, how to act, how to do something and so forth but we do it anyway-just not knowingly in most cases. We’re constantly surrounding ourselves with popular culture. For those who don’t know, popular culture refers to:
everyday objects, actions, and events that influence people to believe and behave certain ways.
(source: Deanna Sellnow ‘The Rhetorical Power of Popular Culture’
They tell us what’s appropriate/inappropriate, good/bad, desirable/undesirable.
I’m taking a lit class and reading the first few chapter reading assignments as well as the lecture earlier today really grasped my interest. Not because I never knew that media as well as other things were very VERY subtly sending messages but because everything my professor as well as the book pointed out was how I felt-almost exactly.
Although, some of the examples in the book were things I already knew, there were some that I never really gave thought to, so as I was reading the text I was continuously ’OOOOOOO-ing’ and gasping with shock at some of stuff.
For example, all the crap shown in chick flicks is a bunch of bull shit in so many ways that it’s no wonder girls turn to those after bad days and bad breakups. They’re feel good movies, but if you take a careful look at some of them, it’s actually quite simple. I mean, where did the idea of eating a bowl of your favorite ice cream and watching your favorite chick flick in your favorite sweat pants even originate from AND how is it that SO MANY girls love doing it? It’s because they show girls in all these sappy movies get depressed over some random heart ache and resort to either shopping (another preferred method of therapy) or junk food with movies.
The chick flicks is just one thing-advertisements are just as bad. If you pay attention closely to commercials advertising cleaning products such as windex, vacuums, swiffer, pledge etc-it’s always WOMEN who are doing the cleaning in those commercials. I have yet to see a commercial where a man is demonstrating a certain product. That itself tells our society that it’s mainly women who should be doing the cleaning/housework-and this itself has been goin on for decades.
There are too many examples to ramble on about and for the sake of keeping some of my ideas for class I choose to keep my yap shut for the time being.
All I’ll say is this, take a careful look at what you watch and really look into what they’re REALLY trying to say. It’s amazing at the kind of stuff you come across.