Holler Poodles! I have a confession to make. I’m addicted to television! I watch more TV than a person should. And my friends keep adding shows that I must see. From my latest obsessions “Shameless” and “Mad Men” to Kathy Bates in “Harry’s Law” and Michael C. Hall in “Dexter,” I spend way too much time watching. My favorite can’t-miss shows are “Law & Order SVU” and “Big Bang Theory.”
My favorite “blast from the past” is “The Nanny.” “Oh Mr. Sheffield!” I have the first three seasons on DVD (to my knowledge they haven’t released the other three) and I watch it on Nick@Nite and TV Land even though I’ve seen each episode at least 12 times. Once you get past her voice, it really is one of the funniest self-deprecating shows I’ve seen.
Admittedly, I also watch reality TV. I really enjoy “American Idol,” “Project Runway,” “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and “Hoarders.” But I think there’s a big difference in shows like that versus exploitative reality TV. “Toddlers and Tiaras” and “Dance Moms” come to mind. Have I watched them? Yes, but only twice. Afterward I was so angry. I really question the judgment of those children’s parents. Do they want fame so badly they’re willing to “sell” their kids? What kind of lessons are they teaching them?
It makes me wonder what kind of disservice we as a society are doing to children who grow up watching these types of shows without supervision. Adults who know better can understand that producers instigate arguments and edit video to create a storyline that will illicit big ratings. But children who grow up watching grown adults on TV fight like children on a playground don’t know any better unless someone teaches them differently. They grow up having this behavior modeled to them and think it is perfectly fine because it is “reality.” The same can be said for the amount of realistic violence depicted on TV. Without guidance, children see it and think it is normal.
While I love to watch lots of different programming, I’m disappointed we as a society are rewarding people for behaving badly. When did our values get switched? I think we can do better! I think we deserve better! I think we are better!
Thought of the week: Rumors are created by haters, spread by fools, and accepted by idiots.
Love and lashes,
Mary Edith Pitts
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