Reality Television Stereotypes Essay

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Television has shown our society that it is one of the greatest forms of entertainment available to people worldwide. People love entertainment. This makes television one of the most accessible sources available to everyone. Television is the type of entertainment that draws viewers in with interest. There is a broad variety of genres that can be watched on the television. Some genres include drama, reality, informational and comedy. Currently, the most commonly watched television genre is reality television. These programs run on themes where they display a broad amount of dramatic situations that many people can relate to. An important key of reality television’s success is the fact that the majority of shows are not based on actors but on …show more content…
The usage of stereotypes can often offend various groups that are being specifically targeted, causing outsiders to think differently of the targeted group. For example, in the New York Times article Does Reality TV Promote Dangerous Stereotypes? a very interesting point was brought up. The author Michael Gonchar stated the following, “Jersey Shore” had its final episode in December, but MTV is ready with a new reality show to take its place this month. But does the new show, “Buckwild,” exploit stereotypes of West Virginia and Appalachia just the same way that “Jersey Shore” caricatured Italian-Americans? If so, should we be watching? How do shows like this affect us?” The author of this article compares both television shows and asks if they are being stereotypical towards Italians and West Virginians. In my opinion, stereotypes that are portrayed by reality shows are harmful to the communities and the people that live in these areas due to the already made up minds of others who by watching these shows make up their mind on what the community is about and what their residents have to offer completely ignoring the beauty of culture and diversity. These types of reality shows sometimes do not cast actual members of the community or members that have grown and progressed with the culture over the years, which in turn completely …show more content…
The MTV show “Catfish” is based on the truths and lies of online dating. On the internet, a catfish is a person who creates fake personal profiles on social media sites. They pretend to be someone more appealing than their true self, by using someone else 's pictures and false biographical information. These catfish usually intend to trick an unsuspecting person into falling in love with them. In the article Catfishing: Hook, Line and Sinker by Cassada Lohmann, the author reaches out to its readers on the risks and dangers of online dating if not taken cautiously. It might be obvious to the majority of us that one should never trust strangers, especially online. Regardless of this, there are still some people who don’t take any precautions and fall into online dating. The show “Catfish” promotes this false type of dating where actors often meet complete strangers on online dating sites. The article states how cruel and dangerous this show is to its viewers. “…they set the hook and reel the victim in. Only by no means is this a fishing expedition, rather it’s a cold, heartless way to toy with another person’s heart and emotions.” Not only does this show trick people, but it also plays around with people’s emotions. One must be aware of the risks of these false shows that can bring up devastating consequences. The article brings up an example of a

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