Sunday, October 20, 2013

"Have Reality Shows Gone Too Far?"

Have Reality Shows gone too far? When we say it’s “Fall Season” that’s actually a pretty strong play on words. Why do we care more about sensationalism then sensitivity? Is the price of fame really worth the cost? Many people don’t know, but I have a 25 year plus history working in the entertainment industry. In my early 20’s I was a working actress doing movies, television and commercials. I never became famous, but I worked enough to receive benefits and to be a regular on various sit-coms and night time dramas.

I live a public life between community work, being a writer, speaking and working on the radio. I’ve learned oftentimes the way things appear may not always be as they truly are. Perception can be one’s reality, but when perception is clouded it can start a long string of misconceptions and deceptions. There comes a time in life when we all must go back to the basics and deal with facts and not just someone’s opinion or message.

The question we must consider is what is our core? What is our truth? What is the foundation we stand on that forms the basis of how we live our lives, raise our families and do the things we do. Do we do the necessary research when our gut tells us something isn’t right? What do we read? What do we watch on television? The bottom line is where do we go to get our information?

Over the past couple of years I’ve actually been approached to possibly be involved with a couple of different Reality Show projects. They never panned out either due to the inability to agree on terms or because in my gut I knew it wasn’t the right thing for me to do. Don’t get me wrong, I understand that television is all about ratings and the almighty dollar. We all know that sex and scandalous situations beef up ratings, which ultimately bring in more revenue, but when is enough enough? When do we reach a threshold of where we’ve internalized enough crap?

Entertainment is always going to be with us, and we all enjoy being entertained, but are reality shows really real or do they turn the spotlight on the things they want us to focus on and magnify areas where some of us may need to inspect our own lives and possibly seek forgiveness? Something worth thinking about.

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