Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Reality TV shaping opinions?

Hulu Plus is now on xbox, and when I realized that the first 4 seasons of the Real World were available, my heart literally jumped. The first season of the Real World was the first tv show I really loved. It was with that season that my love of New York City was born. I was about 10 or 11 when the show first aired, and I thought these people were the epitome of cool. I realize now that the oldest cast member was 3 years younger than I am now, but watching the show again, they STILL seem crazy smart and "with it". I almost hate to admit it, but that season shaped a lot of my opinions. They made me think about things I hadn't thought about before, like homosexuality and pro choice vs. pro life. Looking back, I wonder if it was ok for a kid my age to be watching a show that talked about such deep issues, but I certainly do appreciate that I did.

Realizing what an impact this show made on me makes me wonder, what shows are making an impact on kids today? Jersey Shore? Teen mom? Skins? That really scares me. But maybe I'm overreacting. Maybe young people do talk more about politics and moral issues and world affairs than I know. Maybe I'm expecting too much from kids. Maybe the people who were on that first season of the Real World were not an accurate depiction of 20 somethings in the early 90's.

Did anyone specifically, or any tv show or movie, shape some of your beliefs? Who inspired opinions you've held onto through adulthood?


H.E.A.T.H.E.R said...

I haven't watched Real World in FOREVER! is it even on still? My favorite season was Miami, the first time around! I remember watching it during summers at my best friend’s house, eating fudge-cicles and AOL IM'ing! Ahhh... the good ole days!!!