- Albert Einstein
There’s this girl. She’s smart, beautiful, and talented. Her grades? Great, too, but only because she works hard to maintain them. She’s on the volleyball team, is first chair in band, and just made National Honor Society, too. As for her boyfriend? He’s a nice guy who treats her well. Her parents are pretty cool, too.
So, wanna watch a TV show on her life?
OF COURSE NOT. Her life's boring! But there’s this other girl….
What a hot mess. Last year she quit school so she could work as a pole dancer to support her 10 month-old daughter. She’s not sure who the father is, but no worries. Her sights are set on a new baby daddy. Will it be the heavy metal biker who likes to spank her in public, the stoner with a World of Warcraft addiction, or the totally hot ladies’ man who also happens to be a pimp? Whoever it is, she better snag him soon -- her alcoholic mom is kicking her out of the house in a week.
YEAH, BABY! That’s what I’m talking about. We wanna watch HER!
And that, my dearies, it’s what wrong with America today.
Okay, I get it. The drama is crazy fun and over-the-top characters are a scream. But I’m so tired of the media rewarding stupidity and bad behavior by giving morons TV shows. I mean, what does that say about us?
I know, I know. Just because you watch it, doesn’t mean you’ll act that way. For most folks, that’s true. But there are others out there who aren’t so bright. They take their cues from the media, like those girls who are trying to get pregnant so they can be on ‘Teen Mom’ or the scores of people making embarrassing videos of themselves so they can be on ‘Real World.’ Heck, some just do it for 15 minutes of fame on YouTube.
It seems we’re moving from a culture that venerates those wise and honorable to one that idolizes the flamboyantly misguided. And while Snooki might be nabbing $10K per episode on ‘Jersey Shore,’ there are a lot more wannabes out there spending their minimum wage paychecks on bronzer and hair spray hoping to make it big.
Their chances don’t look good.
So go ahead and watch the stupid shows, just don't be fooled into thinking they've got the ticket to real success.