from families with multiples wives to tattoo parlor dramas and from to car-towing companies and bail bondsmen. Sometimes we watch the struggles of a celebrity through their rehabilitation, watch divorced parents fight over their children, and men and women in public places, getting intoxicated and brawling. This is a spectacle to us today, like gladiator games; we pick our favorites and criticize those we dislike. We are intrigued by watching these people on the screen receive bad news or get harmed and “feed” on the reactions. This is not necessarily a healthy way to spend one's time. We have lost some of our sensitivity to the sadness, misfortunes, and plights of other people. We are not always compassionate or understanding. Series like “Teen Mom” depicted pregnant teens under the heading of discouraging teens from making the same mistakes; however, the popularity, trendiness, and the potential of being featured on a television show had the opposite effect. Teens were intentionally getting pregnant (Phillips, 2012). People used to say I wish I could be a fly on the wall in some situation, so they could eavesdrop and peer in on events that are not necessarily their business. Reality television essentially endorses that fly perspective in the form of cameras and boom mics following people around. Reality Shows and Human Sensibility.
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