The Truth Behind Reality Tv

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The Truth Behind Reality TV A fictional tale, Hunger Games depicts a narrative of savagery with imaginary events based on oppression and survival. As Katha Pollitt describes, “… [in] a savage satire of late capitalism called Panem, the story of Hunger Games [portrays] a dystopian future version of North America…” (554). Behind such fictitious story lies a strong message that relates to today’s influence of American’s Reality Television. Just like the Hunger Games audience, the American TV viewers take pleasure in watching people destroy themselves behind the screen (554). A disturbing phenomenon, Pollit’s essay effectively conveyed that Hunger Games might one day resemble American’s Reality Television Shows. The main objective of Hunger Games is survival. The participants compete against the “hyper privileged” of a dystopian future version of North America whose rules include brute force, starvation, technological wizardry and constant surveillance” (555). A cultural description that fits the fictional world of Panem, the compound term “hyper” is described as unusually excited and energetic. While, “dystopian” refers to an unpleasant or oppressive imaginary society (555). Contrary to traditional superheroes, Hunger Games portrays a young and beautiful lead in the likeness of Katniss Everdeen. The idea of Hunger Games is to “compete for survival in a televised ritual of murder” (Pollitt 555). Just like any other form of play, Hunger Games has its own set of rules. Such imaginary rules include “brute force, starvation, technological wizardry and constant surveillance” (Pollitt 555). A game of savagery, the audience sees Hunger Games as a form of entertainment rather than cruelty. Similar to today’s reality television, Pollitt wr... ... middle of paper ... ...ting influence of one’s perspective of what’s real and imagined. In support of Pollitt’s idea, I agree that American’s TV reality may soon resemble Hunger Games. As the fictitious character of Katniss Everdeen captured the 21st century audience, so does the viewer of American reality television. Taken into account the influences of American reality shows, there’s just so much a parent can monitor children’s TV viewing. It’s a given fact that the young mimics the adults and as such, if these reality icons influence a supposedly mature adult, how much more of youngsters? In as much as I want to argue that it all depends on one’s moral standards, it seems to be apparent that the influence of today’s American reality TV may be perceived as psychologically destructive. Hence, may one day contradict a supposedly civilized society governed by standards of right and wrong.
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