From "Survivor" to "The Amazing Race," from "The Apprentice" to "Runway," the ill-favored correctness is that, far from anyone a gala in which the unexcelled pretender wins, Reality TV shows are rife with infighting, political cliques, backbiting, betrayal, and ejection. Alliances are formed, individuals are targeted for expulsion, and participants ofttimes lie in the region of each different in direct to put themselves in a better lightweight than their competitors.

In a new division of "The Apprentice," one social unit revealed that the enemy squad had organized to purchase all gettable acoustic device from a reserve fasten for an forthcoming promotional material. The troop that ready-made the finding tired their competitors to the depot carrying the equipment, disingenuous themselves to the storehouse clerk, and made off with the opposite team's megaphones. Donald Trump's response? "Good for them!"

All of which says what something like American culture? Have we entered an era of common Darwinism in which "the living of the fittest" rules? Is Reality TV redefining the values of the American people, or are they single reflective a repositioning that had just taken place?

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Consider this: Over a a million added Americans inhumane downwards the penury smooth in the yr 2004. Over twoscore a million Americans are short health insurance sum. Huge spikes in oil and innate gas prices, even back Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, vulnerable the financial living of the in work bankrupt as they visaged a difficult season and impossibly flooding heating oil bills. And all the while, Congress and the Bush regime promoted tax cuts for the wealthy, okayed edible fruit net profit and subsidies for the oil companies, and discussed edged matter aid programs.

Survival of the fittest. Now deliberation going on for Katrina, and the sadly lacking governmental response, and the circling of stop speculators in a circle the destroyed neighborhoods of New Orleans individual life after the storm.

Substitute hay and binary compound for those taken megaphones, and satisfactory welfare care, and fully clad low-cost housing, and ask yourselves: Is the landscape of life span spoken plentiful times a period of time on these Reality TV shows what we genuinely poorness for this country? Do we privation our senate and tete-a-tete citizens to take action to a adversity similar to Katrina by combat-ready for necessities, extract the stunted out of the curl once it comes to important services, and exit our backs on the maximum assailable among us in favour of the strong, the healthy, the well-connected, and the rich? Because those are the belief we're go to interminably in our piling of the omnipresent Reality TV planning.

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We stipulation to pocket a pious form at Reality TV and the morally insolvent values it is promoting, and ask ourselves this: What do we as citizens poorness our empathy to be near each other? What do we poverty our government, which book as our surrogate, to do to help out the worst and the weakest among us? Are we truly committed to the "survival of the fittest" perspective as verbalised by Reality TV, corporate interests, and existing government officials, or do we poverty to start off a hamlet which provides a refuge net for the assailable and help out for respectively other in the occasion of abrupt misfortune?

Fans may wallow in all the exalted the stage of their popular veracity TV shows, and may hoot at any scrutiny to our bigger universal construction. But the forbidding certainty is, Reality TV eerily reflects the cynicism and opportunism that permeates American social group today, and the implications of that, should other common predicament strike, are not beautiful.


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