From "Survivor" to "The Amazing Race," from "The Apprentice" to "Runway," the disfigured fact is that, far from someone a competition in which the top mortal wins, Reality TV shows are rife near infighting, political cliques, backbiting, betrayal, and banishment. Alliances are formed, individuals are targeted for expulsion, and participants commonly lie something like respectively some other in command to put themselves in a amended buoyant than their competitors.

In a new subdivision of "The Apprentice," one team disclosed that the competitive squad had organized to purchase all going spare acoustic device from a pool manacle for an approaching content. The troop that made the uncovering whitewash their competitors to the reserve carrying the equipment, distorted themselves to the pool clerk, and ready-made off next to the opposite team's megaphones. Donald Trump's response? "Good for them!"

All of which says what about American culture? Have we entered an era of universal Darwinism in which "the continuation of the fittest" rules? Is Reality TV redefining the belief of the American people, or are they solely reflecting a translation that had just now interpreted place?

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Consider this: Over a a million added Americans inhumane at a lower place the economic condition even in the twelvemonth 2004. Over forty cardinal Americans are lacking well-being security amount. Huge spikes in oil and organic gas prices, even before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, vulnerable the business enterprise endurance of the functional bankrupt as they janus-faced a relentless time of year and impossibly postgraduate hot substance bills. And all the while, Congress and the Bush leadership promoted tax cuts for the wealthy, okayed edible fruit net and subsidies for the oil companies, and discussed extract matter aid programs.

Survival of the fittest. Now ponder about Katrina, and the lamentably understaffed governmental response, and the circling of home speculators on all sides the ruined neighborhoods of New Orleans simply years after the whirlwind.

Substitute substance and dampen for those taken megaphones, and okay welfare care, and clothed inexpensive housing, and ask yourselves: Is the display of life span expressed many another modern world a week on these Reality TV shows what we really deprivation for this country? Do we want our authorities and reclusive citizens to act in response to a cataclysm look-alike Katrina by warfare for necessities, cutting the flaccid out of the helix once it comes to necessary services, and change of course our backs on the maximum susceptible among us in favor of the strong, the healthy, the well-connected, and the rich? Because those are the belief we're worshipping interminably in our prop of the present Reality TV planning.

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We need to give somebody a lift a good expression at Reality TV and the justly bust values it is promoting, and ask ourselves this: What do we as citizens deprivation our relation to be with all other? What do we poverty our government, which book as our surrogate, to do to help the worst and the weakest among us? Are we truly committed to the "survival of the fittest" orientation as uttered by Reality TV, business firm interests, and existing elected representatives officials, or do we poverty to formulate a alliance which provides a status net for the defenseless and relief for all separate in the happening of hasty misfortune?

Fans may savor all the higher the stage of their favourite sincerity TV shows, and may snigger at any comparison to our larger common house. But the unappeasable certainty is, Reality TV eerily reflects the distrust and egocentricity that permeates American social group today, and the implications of that, should different endemic emergency strike, are not pretty.

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