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Reality Television: Cultural Rape & Seduction - Our Nation's Pastime!

Kathleen Jachowski

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"Moralizing, I observed, then, that "all that glitters is not gold."  Mr. Ballou said I could go further than that, and lay it up among my treasures of knowledge, that nothing that glitters is gold.  So I learned then, once for all, that gold in its native state is but dull, unornamental stuff, and that only lowborn metals excite the admiration of the ignorant with an ostentatious glitter.  However, like the rest of the world, I still go on underrating men of gold and glorifying men of mica.  Commonplace human nature cannot rise above that." [Roughing It]
-- Mark Twain, Pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910), American writer & humorist

October 13, 2004

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 fascinate viewers.

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 celebrated.

Sadly, it is a growth market.  Success of the Survivor show 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.

Even 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 The 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 standard.

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?

Copyright Copyright 2020 by Kathleen Jachowski & America's Voices, Inc.  All rights reserved.
Kathleen Jachowski is a free lance writer and public speaker on natural resource and cultural issues.  She writes the weekly column
"Reconnecting America" for America's Voices, a conservative political opinion and educational website.  Her work also appears on other popular Internet opinion sites.  View opinions & other information on her personal website at jachowskispeaks.com.  E-mail Kathleen at kjachowski@americasvoices.org.

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