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This House believes reality television does more harm than good

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Started: 11/6/2013 Category: Entertainment
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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lelmon

Pro

Firstly before I go on to my points , let me further elaborate on my what this motion means. By reality television we are talking about entertainment shows the make an attempt to let its audience think the show is real, regardless of how scripted that show is. Examples of reality television is like Survivor, The Biggest Loser, The Kardashians. A wikipedia definition of it is

"Reality television is a genre of television programming that documents unscripted situations and actual occurrences, and often features a previously unknown cast. The genre often highlights personal drama and conflict to a much greater extent than other unscripted television such as documentary shows. "

So now that we know what it is we are talking about, let me go on to my points.

Firstly, reality television serves a pointless function in society. What is the point of watching Kim Kardashian complain about her daily life when you can read a book, watch a documentary, or help out in the many charities out there that need volunteers. The only thing it serves for the audience is entertainment utility, but we don't want a society that focuses too much on pointless entertainment that is of no value. Going out of one's house and helping out a charity or watching a documentary also has entertainment value and also creates something of worth to society, either the extra helping hand or the additional knowledge gained. To conclude it is pointless entertainment, that does more harm by the opportunity cost lost as a result of people taking part in watching this reality television shows.
Kumquatodor

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Firstly, reality television serves a pointless function in society.
Does watching movies, reading books, kissing, running, thinking, or watching TV serve a function?

Yes; They entertain. Like the Kardashians (somehow) do.
What is the point of watching Kim Kardashian complain about her daily life when you can read a book, watch a documentary, or help out in the many charities out there that need volunteers.
Because its entertaining. What is the point of reading a book when it does not serve society? Why watch a documentary since it doesn't change society?
The only thing it serves for the audience is entertainment utility, but we don't want a society that focuses too much on pointless entertainment that is of no value
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Going out of one's house and helping out a charity or watching a documentary also has entertainment value and also creates something of worth to society, either the extra helping hand or the additional knowledge gained.
Why is knowledge or charity more important than entertainment? They are all meaningless in the long run. Whether or not you know that Hitler wanted to be an artist does not change when the Earth changes.
To conclude it is pointless entertainment, that does more harm by the opportunity cost lost as a result of people taking part in watching this reality television shows.
Why is it a bad oppurtunity cost? And why are you debating it with only 38 viewers? You aren't serving society!
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