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jaquavianalexander
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100 debate Challenge 3: This House believes reality television does more harm than good

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 10/24/2014 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Wylted

Pro

First round is acceptance. By reality telivision I mean John and Kate plus 8 and other things like that. I'm not referring to the news or documentaries, so please don't attempt to troll or snipe the resolution in anyway. By doing so you agree to a full 7 point loss.
jaquavianalexander

Con

Reality television is television that captures actual occurrences. It usually stars someone interesting or a already known celebrity. A reality television show could also consists of a documentary. Most reality shows usually have high ratings. Reality shows give people knowledge on how the stars life works. It's usually interesting things the Producers will pick for a reality show. Therefore, reality doesn't do harm.
Debate Round No. 1
Wylted

Pro

Bad Rolemodels- Reality television Makes people celebrities for "Just being themselves". There is no real reason why Paris Hylton and Kim Kardashian are stars, and the message we send to young people is that if you "Just be yourself" you can be a star. This is a horrible message adolescents and kids are getting the message that hard work and learning a valuable skill isn't important. This can have devastating financial repercussionns later on in life as well as set a person up for a life of poverty.

Teaching people that hard work and learning aren't important isn't the only bad things that reality shows do. Young girls see these women on television and the comments made about them on the internet about there body and get this message that body image is extremely important. It's been shown in the American journal of health and medicine that when girls consume a lot of media wich makes such a big deal of body image they are more likely to develop an eating disorder.

"A study recently published in the American Journal of Health and Educationn showed that women who read health and fitness magazines were significantly more likely to have practiced unhealthy weight control methods than were moderate or infrequent readers, says Steven Thomsen, Ph.D., the study's author and an associate communications professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Nearly 80 percent of frequent readers had induced vomiting, 73 percent had taken diet pills and 60 percent had used laxatives. And women who limited their daily caloric intake read health and fitness magazines more frequently than those who did not restrict their diets." http://www.psychologytoday.com...


Reality television beside encouraging laziness and eating diorders also corrupts. The things people subject themselves to affects the way they think. A person watching Joe Millionaire where contestants compete with each other for ome construction worker posing as a millionaire promotes lying and beyond that it treats the contestants feelings as unimportant and completely diposable. These shows don't care if they ruin the contestants or the viewers lives.


Conclusion- Reality shows hurt contestants and participants by treating their feelings as disposable, destroying their personal lives and turning them into villains. It also serves to encourage eating disorders, teen pregnancy and encourages tossing away good values like hard work and education. Even if you want to argue they do know harm (which I would strongly object to), the fact they are clogging up the airwaves where good educational programs could be instead creates harm in and of it's self.


jaquavianalexander

Con

jaquavianalexander forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
jaquavianalexander

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Debate Round No. 3
jaquavianalexander

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Debate Round No. 4
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct - Pro. Con forfeited a majority of the rounds, which is rarely acceptable conduct in any debate setting. Arguments - Pro. Con was unable to provide challenges to Pro which left his arguments remaining unchallenged. Sources - Pro. Con failed to utilize sources in this debate whereas Pro did.
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct goes to Pro for the full forfeit from Con, though it could also go to Pro for Con misusing the first round (which Pro said was for acceptance), so I'm also allocating the grammar point to give conduct more weight. Pro's arguments contained warrants and a little bit of evidence, whereas Con's were all assertions that didn't really demonstrate a benefit, just trying to show that it's not harmful. Pro effectively showed that those harms exist, so he gets arguments.