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Manufacturing A Crooked Reality: How The Youth Is Being Fooled By Reality Shows!

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By Shashank Peri:

“Arey yaar kal Big Boss me kya hua dekha”?
“Roadies me Raghu ne kya maari uss bande ki”
“Splitsvilla is sooo cool.”

These are the conversations one can easily come across in public areas nowadays. Be it your classroom, office, bus stop, or a local train, these pseudo reality shows have dominated the Indian media market like a plague virus. I used ‘pseudo‘ because everything that goes in these shows is in every definition a deviation from what’s commonly referred to as an accurate representation of reality.

Big Boss

Reality shows do not present reality in any way, it is both implicit (participants being placed in unusual situations) and deceptive or even fraudulent. These are some of the measures that leave nothing to chance or ‘reality‘:

*Misleading editing.
*Participants being coached in what to say or how to behave.
*Storylines generated ahead of time.
*Scenes being staged and re-staged for the cameras.

The shows are intended to humiliate or exploit participants (particularly on competition shows). They make celebrities out of unwanted people who do not deserve fame, and glamorize vulgarity and materialism.

I understand that entertainment is necessary and I am not against it but entertainment too, like everything else, does have a boundary. When more than half the youth population of a country is willing and aspiring to get fame and popularity by entering these shows, there definitely is something wrong with the whole system.

Earlier, students aspired to become engineers, literature experts, doctors etc. Their goals were defined and they didn’t bask in the glory of people who won a stupid TV show and aspired to become like them. Survey suggests that 1 in 4 of every youth aging 18+ now aspires to become a celebrity by entering these ridiculous TV shows.

The big question now. Whats wrong in that?

What is the very purpose of existence of these shows? Entertainment. But that boundary has long been crossed. People are less interested in the development of the very nation which they abuse everyday, but very comfortable in enjoying the bitchiness, gossip and voyeurism portrayed in these so called ‘reality shows‘.

Our minds have been infected and we need a way out of this, else soon the greatest strength of the country will become its greatest weakness, which is the youth. I do not ask not to watch these shows, but letting it get into your head is another problem. Today, an average youth knows less about their fundamental duties and apparently everything about Shahrukh’s and Salman’s fights. Doesn’t anyone think that there is something terribly wrong with this country?

Richard Steele aptly said “Fire and swords are slow engines of destructions, compared to the tongue of Gossip.

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  1. Gargi

    very apt piece Shashank!

    1. Shashank Peri

      thank u Gargi 🙂

  2. Ananya Rastogi

    great article. and hits the nail on the head. kudos!

    1. Shashank Peri

      thanks Ananya!
      glad u liked it 🙂

  3. Alisha Sinha

    Superbly written.. Kudos !!

    1. Shashank Peri

      thank u Alisha!
      it was just a realization..
      media holds a great power, and with great power comes great responsibility 😛
      hate to see it wasted on shows like these, with no positive impact on anyone whatsoever..

  4. p. subrahmanyam

    \yes, my son. very true.Since a long time back, I was thinking to write, but today you have expressed my views in words. Very nice. keep it up.

    1. Shashank Peri

      thanks a ton dad!
      Means a lot

  5. Saurabh Dwivedi

    I guess the problem lies in the ‘value system’ of the youth of today. The fact that we don’t desire to be engineers and doctors but some famous winner of a stupid reality show indicates the possibility that we value ‘Fame’ and ‘Popularity’ more than ‘Genuine effort to be a good individual’ or ‘Create this world a better place to live in’..! Well, I guess that is the possible solution: Creating a good set of Value system!

    1. Shashank Peri

      i think that desiring fame is not wrong, what is wrong is the means to achieve it. “ends justify the means” does not apply here. Hard work and talent are something that is loosing day by day.

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