Bachelor and Bachelorette: Designed Romantic Destruction

Monday Discussion

“Reality TV” shows are all the rage. Survivor, Jersey Shore, Fear Factor, The Amazing Race, Beauty and the Geek, Big Brother, Biggest Loser, Bachelor Pad, Bachelor, and Bachelorette are just the tip of the tip of the iceberg.

If you type in “Reality TV shows list” in your Google browser, the list goes on and on and on and on.

What is clear is that the American public is more than willing to drink the swill that Hollywood dishes out to its undiscerning and passive audience. Like mice eating tasty poison, we corrupt our minds and lives by drinking through our eyes what media moguls offer. 

The formula is pretty standard and simple: find a way to put beautiful looking people together, throw in a competition element, a sexual element, and a romance element and watch the American public eat it up.

But relationships forged with cameras rolling in these unreal “Reality Shows” are fraught with problems. This is true not only for the participants but for the viewers. They set us up for unrealistic expectations in relationships and the destruction of real romance. That’s my take.


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