Modupe Alabi worries about the influence television shows have her peers, but she admits to watching the dumb shows as well.
Listen here »
Rather than calling me and my peers “Generation X or Y”, we are sometimes called the dumbest generation. But has anyone taken into account what we are being fed, mentally? TV shows like Flavor of Love, I Love New York, and I Love Money, all celebrity dating shows which contestants compete in utterly ridiculous competitions to win the affection of some has-been musician or B list celebrity.
Watching all these events take place, it seems that today’s youth can’t get enough of watching “everyday people” eating reproductive organs of pigs, running through obstacle courses and lassoing free ranged animals, all to end up with a “broken heart” as reality show stars claim.
However, I am guilty of watching these shows, too. Yes, Sunday nights around ten p.m. I turn my TV to VH1 or sometimes MTV to watch the antics of yet another artist whose career ended before I was born. On Monday mornings, instead of engaging ourselves in some sort of intellectual conversation, many of us teens talk about ridiculous things. These TV shows have taken something as important as finding love and turned it into a gimmick and yet another product to feed and corrupt the minds of today’s youth. It’s no wonder why it’s called the “idiot box”.