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The Reality of Reality Television Essay

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The Reality of Reality Television
Steve Cavanaugh
ENG 122:   English Composition II
Megan Pope
November 4, 2012

The Reality of Reality Television
    From hidden camera shows (e.g., Big Brother), to talent shows (e.g., American Idol), to challenge shows (e.g., The Amazing Race), reality television has ruled the ratings in recent years.   Since 2001, reality television programs topped the U.S. television ratings in 6 of the last 7 years (Hischorn, 2007).   One of the most popular shows during this time span has been MTV’s Jersey Shore; it has also been one of the most controversial.   On December 3, 2009 MTV premiered Jersey Shore.   The series followed the lives of eight housemates who spent the summer in a summer share house in Seaside, New Jersey.   Before the very first episode aired, Italian-American groups protested the portrayal of Italian stereotypes. They were also upset by the cast’s use of the words “guido/guidette”.   Parenting groups criticized the show and MTV for glorifying behaviors that they claimed were dangerous, such as drinking and casual sex, for the sole purpose of getting higher ratings.   New Jersey politicians and locals also scrutinized the show because the cast members were not residents from the area and portray a negative stereotype of New Jersey in general.   Despite all of these controversies and criticisms, Jersey Shore has redeeming qualities such as overturning old stereotypes, teaching young teens the correct way to act, and shining a positive light on the whole state of New Jersey.
    Jersey Shore plays upon the stereotype of the “guido”, a slang term for a working-class urban Italian-American which is widely perceived by Italian-Americans as a belittling word, similar to “spic” or “wop”.   This stereotypical portrayal drew criticism from groups such as The National Italian American Foundation, UNICO National, and The Order of Sons of Italy in America.   UNICO National President Andre DiMino said in a statement “MTV has...

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