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Reality TV — describing or defining real life?

August 26th, 2013 · No Comments


I turned on the television in my kitchen for background noise as I was preparing lunch today and it happened to be on E! Channel. “Keeping Up With the Kardashian’s” was on. I have never watched that show.

As I was fixing myself something to eat, I began to tune into the show’s dialog playing in the background. Within 20 seconds I hear one of the girls talking about how the guy she went out with on a date wasn’t calling her back. She then says “my girlfriend asked me if I had given him a blow*** yet” and then goes on to say “and I said like…no!” After some laughter she continues with “so my girlfriend says, ‘well that’s why he’s not calling you back’.”

Nice, right? At 4:30 in the afternoon on a Monday (and I’m sure the show repeats throughout most of the day, as is the trend on most networks these days). I’m disgusted by the big ugly steps media is taking to “entertain” our generation and our kids. I wonder what my grandparents would do if they were still alive to see what my generation’s TV programming has become.

Added to last night’s crude Miley Cyrus stunt, it’s another great example of how irresponsible media producers and media companies have become. They seem oblivious to their influence on our youth and their obligation to maintain a modicum of good judgment related to representing decent societal values.

WAIT! It gets better, though. In the “info guide” of that episode titled, “The Kardashian Chainsaw Massacre,” part of the description info reads:

“Kim plans to get back at her judgmental family by secretly feeding them placenta…”

WTF? Has the whole world gone mad? Where are our leaders on this garbage? And please don’t pull out the legalese about how cable TV is exempt from typical broadcast TV standards. I know all that. I’m asking why, as a society, we don’t seem to care anymore about decency, respect (especially self-respect) and providing better examples of how to live one’s life. *sigh*

Tags: Authenticity · Life · media · Rants · reality TV

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