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Does reality TV send a positive or negative message about American society When analyzed and examined as an element of pop culture reality television is degrading to society individuals and ironically very different from true reality This essay will focus on the effect of reality TV on society and its influence on American popular culture Reality television has been a part of American entertainment for almost twenty years although it became extremely popular only about five years ago with the arrival of CBS Survivor The key to Survivors success and the majority of reality televisions success is competition But when most people think of competition they think of a direct candid confrontation In shows such as Survivor this isnt the case Reality television competition is based on betrayal scheming backstabbing and dishonesty which is glorified in the name of drama This kind of behavior and competition is common in the workplace school and society and is reinforced and popularized by reality television Do we want our children to be taught how to solve disagreements and competition by conniving backstabbing and lying But reality television does not just give our culture a bad name it also extends to the character of the individual Consider Foxs hit series Temptation Island in which couples are subjected to seduction by beautiful men and women on a tropical island resort This show points out how easily people even those in relationships are tempted to betray their loved ones But instead of addressing this as a problem it encourages it as dramatic and fun Its hard to remember that were watching a couple be torn apart for the sake of our entertainment making everyone who watches it seem like a sociopath who enjoys the suffering of innocent people Its not surprising that other countries view Americans as immoral and debauched just look at what passes for quality entertainment And what about Donald Trumps The Apprentice in which
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