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I have been pondering a theory about how all this reality television is playing into things in our culture going from bad to worse. It’s almost like these shows just normalize what was once shocking or fringe behavior, unfortunately making it less shocking and thus more commonplace.

The rise of the talk show (like Jerry Springer and such) seems to also tie into this somehow, too, normalizing the bad behavior it is supposed to be bringing into question.

And I know one could argue it started long before reality tv and talk shows but it just seems to me like this type of rubber necking, shock value, bottom of the barrel, worst examples of humanity programming is making things worse, and quickly.

What do you think? Is reality tv harmless entertainment, or part of the problem?