Reality TV exploits everyone

Let’s stay home tonight. I want to watch some television.

What do you want to watch? Hmm, how about “Married by America”? Or maybe “Dog Eat Dog”?

No, well then we might as well turn the TV off because the only things on are pointless reality shows that exploit people.

Television has certainly gone to the dogs. It no longer has quality programs such as “The Cosby Show” or “Double Dare.”

Those were times when producers believed in upholding a certain level of integrity.

Those were times when viewers could actually stomach sitting down for an hour to indulge in wholesome entertainment.

The root of the problem however is not planted solely in the producers’ garden. They would not continue to create these off-the-wall show topics if America didn’t keep buying into them.

Today’s audience has no idea what good entertainment is anymore.

They would rather watch people make fools of themselves by eating deer testicles while being submerged in a tub of water with their hands tied behind their backs than wholesome family programs.

Participants show no regard for their lives. If they had their personal morals in line, they would certainly see how corrupt these shows really are.

They would also see that their time can be spent on a myriad of other worthwhile activities.

Citizens must stop watching these programs. When ratings go down, the quality shows get cancelled. Don’t believe me-ask what happened to Living Single.

People must also stop taking part in these ignorant shows. They can’t have a”Fear Factor” if no one auditions.

“The Bachelorette” would not exist if no one was willing to get hooked up with a complete stranger who’s gone out with 25 different guys in a matter of four weeks.

Next time you turn on the television, try to find at least one show that is not reality-based. It will certainly be a challenge, but it is possible.

Watch “The Practice,” “Boston Public” or “ER”-all high-quality entertainment that will stimulate your palate much more than these trash shows ever will.

Dominique Drake, 18, is a freshman business student from Cleveland. She is Deputy Opinions Editor for The Famuan. She can be reached at