The discussion about reality tv and most notably "Jersey Shore" was a very interactive discussion in our class. I liked how we discussed the effect these shows have on our perception in distant culture. The fact that it is actually called "reality tv" allows other cultures to actually believe that is in fact reality tv. This is very harmful for other's perceptions of our society, as reality tv is correlated with "shock effects" and racy portrayals of how we interact. Also we discussed how it is harmful within our own culture, as the youth of today see "joe the plumber" being a tv star, and believe that they actually have the opportunity to do the same, when actually the numbers point otherwise. I used to believe reality tv was a fad, but after learning about how cheap it is to create and the ratings it generates there is no reason why it won't continue to exist at least for another decade.