Choosing Reality

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What we as a society watch on television really depends on the choices we make. George F. Will writes in his article “Reality Television: Oxymoron” of an increasingly infantilized society, whose moral philosophy is reducible to the celebration of “choice”, where adults are decreasingly distinguishable from children in their absorption in entertainments. This is a society in which “choice” exceeds all others and competition improves things. This society is built upon choice in every aspect of life and choice determines the way of life. For what they are watching is a representation of their choice. I do agree with George Will that reality television is becoming much more violent and sexual but what it really comes down to is the viewer’s choice and how it is that they react to reality programming. The way that our society views and reacts to television is ultimately built upon our choices. Will’s article is based upon the imitation of reality TV and how America is becoming increasingly desensitized. He talks about perversity programming or otherwise called, “oxymoronically, reality television” where people are willing to degrade themselves publicly for money. Will explains that entertainment is increasing the violence, explicitness, and sexuality and this is becoming more acceptable. He describes the race to the bottom and public choice is providing consequences in driving the “culture’s downward spiral”. Will concludes that there is a celebration of choice and that choice is “the ideal that trumps all others” (295). Will uses a variety of strong terms to present his negative view of television in comparison to society and he also provides harsh analogies to present his point. He writes of the British pastime bear b... ... middle of paper ... ...have different thoughts and beliefs. We are able to watch what we want and we can interpret reality television the way we want. We are given this sort of choice which separates us as individuals from the rest of society. With our choices we can be consumed in increasingly violent and sexual television or pull away from this infantilized society. We are given decisions and we make choices. Reality television is ultimately a choice. Works Cited Stevens, Dana. “Thinking Outside the Idiot Box.” They Say/I Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing With Readings. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. New York: Norton, 2009. 231-5. Print. Will, George F. “Reality Television: Oxymoron.”They Say/I Say The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing With Readings. Ed. Gerald Graff, Cathy Birkenstein, and Russel Durst. New York: Norton, 2009. 293-6. Print.
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