Increased violence in television programming
has been hammering away at the better side of human-kind in this
nation for a few decades. All types of violence seem to
Some shows are straightforward in their
physical assault; others attempt to marginalize the onslaught
with programs about medical examiners and hard hitting lawyers
going after the bad guys. Then there is the added dimension of
the verbal abuses which these shows bring to bear on the
evening's relaxation. Somehow, there is honesty in these
types of shows. The honesty is in there being no pretense about
good guys vs. bad guys, white hats vs. black hats.
Reality television, however, cannot lay claim to even this
clarity. This venue is in such a comfortable cultural gutter
that the basest of human tendencies are played up, profiled and
Sadly, it is a growth market. Success of the
spawned any number of programs that pit one person against
another. Anything goes. Deceit, rage, jealously, greed are only
some of the driving factors that mesmerize millions of Americans
in their couch potato homes. They are drawn to these cesspools
of creativity like moths to a flame. They enjoy the cultural,
emotional and moral rape these programs provide.
The Donald is driven to make more millions by
pretending to do reality business development and assessment
with a special vengeance.
The latest reality television show that now looms in our
futures is about 'hot and desperate housewives'. We are going to
have the opportunity to vicariously participate in subdivision
seduction and the winner gets the payoff.
What has happened to our nation that we now so openly support
and seem to thrive on filth and pretense of a special kind?
Perhaps the sad reality is that these programs are now real
life in this country to a much greater degree than we would like
to admit. Perhaps these shows are not so absurd and ridiculous
and full of pretense.
Perhaps today's reality television reflects the main stream
of our society just as
Ozzie and Harriet did, just as
Partridge Family once did. While neither of these reflected all
of America, they did reflect the core values most Americans
seemed to want to make their personal reality and their personal
So now, are our national core values reflected in these open
efforts to seduce another's sweetheart for the thrill of
destroying a relationship, a chance to 'get back', a chance to
win big? Is making it to the top by living at the bottom the
preferred strategic plan?
Have we become a nation that wants to be INTRINSICALLY
seduced and deceived and deluded? Are these the thrills that
bring out the best in us as humans and citizens?
There is an old adage that goes something like this
..... show me
your friends and I'll tell you who and what you are. Well the
stark reality is that this adage has now morphed into something
along the lines of show us your reality television shows and we
can see your national soul!
These shows are not pretend. They, unfortunately, reflect
lifestyles and value systems that are serving to lower the
standard of social and moral behavior. Our young people know we
really endorse these behaviors by the sheer magnitude with which
we accept and thrive on this caliber of programming.
Who are we kidding when we try and pass off their impact with
phrases such as .... everyone knows it's just pretend and make
believe. Well, that simply isn't so and we know it.
But hey .... how many times and in how many ways does this nation
have to rape itself before it realizes it is not a virgin?