“Bad boys Bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you” Cops was the first reality show that I remember. I still love the show cops! Nowadays reality TV is not reality. Most of it appears to be so scripted. For example Operation Repo, South Beach Tow, and Sothern Fried Stings all really seems fake and more for entertainment than reality. On the flip side I love Parking Wars, Flip This House, And Scared Straight are a few that I think are more real than others. Then you have the shows that I think portray certain races of women in a bad way. For example Basketball Wives, Housewives Of Atlanta, And Mob Wives, I think further perpetuate stereotypes and are racially charged. On the shows with black women they are always angry and fussing and cussing and fighting. The Jersey Shore and Mob Wives also have the women fighting and cussing and acting un-lady like. However everyone wants to be on TV and reality TV gives people hope of being famous. When someone looks at the shows today they might think that it is possible for them to also get on TV. Personally I like the police reality shows because they seem to be live action, right on the spot, Shows like Manhunters Fugitive Task Force, dallas Swat, because I can see how cops operate and think about everyday people they arrest.Also I love when they tell the camera man to put the camera down while they are watching the criminal’s houses. Reality TV has allowed many American to witness the lives and struggles of other Americans around the world. I think that reality has certainly changed the entertainment industry and this is evident by how many networks carry reality shows which I believe it is just about every network on TV. That is one sure way to determine the impact of reality shows and their popularity, because everyone is broadcasting g the shows. Remember the 5 dollar foot long from Subway, now every major fast food place has a 5 dollar combo. Subway set the pace for affordable lunch in a tough economy and reality TV set the pace for entertainment in a world that needed to laugh and enjoy good television.
Many working adults are faced with juggling between work, school, and family on a daily basis. I personally am enduring this battle right now. So the question then becomes which institution of higher learning is better. I have attended both online school and the traditional university setting. I loved the personal interaction with the professors and other students. I learned more in the traditional university and I felt like it was more personal. Online school is very impersonal and can be challenging at times. It takes lots of discipline and lots of research. The classes online are quick and cover lots of information is a short period of time. Most of it is not retained, and there is no test or quizzes to take usually. I find this part pretty good as test stress most students out something terribly. I find that many students online are working adults and trying to advance themselves as they travel through life. The one perk to me about online school is the schedule. I can go to school at anytime I am able and I am not forced to go to a building every day. Also when I went to a traditional university I noticed that I often had to race home in order to be available for the kids, and if anything happened along the way I would be in trouble. The stress of that alone was too much, and is why I returned to online school because I needed control of my schedule. Overall I think I learned more at the traditional school, but I sure like being able to go to school and earn a degree at my leisure and not being forced into a hectic schedule.
Many people watch the Super bowl partially for the commercials. During this time the commercials are funny, clever, and most importantly new. This is usually a time when people come together and party and enjoy socializing about the new commercials they’ve witnessed. However on a regular day coming home from work or school and turning on the DVR to watch your favorite shows, commercials are not on the agenda. First of all they all have been seen millions of times, and most are not clever or funny. It seems that the TV networks will not be affected because the commercials were aired and therefore the revenue would still come to the networks. So I guess the question is whether or not the consumer watched the commercial? But no one really knows if the consumer actually watched the commercials that were aired. I love the power to fast forward the commercials. In fact I rather record all of my TV shows and speed right through the commercials. I recently switched from Comcast to AT&T and received a DVR for the first time since its invention. I was so amazed that I could pause live TV, like sport games, and I now control the replays. It’s wonderful! I also am able to go to church during football season now as I am an avid Bears fan and refused to go to church during football season unless the Bears played at night or on Monday. Ted Harbert, the chairman of NBC, expressed his distaste over using DVRs to skip commercials by saying, “This is an insult to our joint investment in programming, and I’m against it.” I wonder if Mr. Harbert watches commercials at home while enjoying a movie with his family. Shouldn’t the people have a choice whether to watch the commercials? Why is it that Mr. Harbert appears to be against television freedoms from commercials, does not NBC still get paid for airing the commercial? If I could not skip the commercials using my DVR, there is no guarantee that I am watching the commercials anyway. Is there? Well I love the power to speed through commercials and I would not trade in my DVR for nothing and I think Mr. Harbert is wrong!