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    Has the sudden rise in reality television shows (and stars) changed the way American's view acquiring wealth and fame?

    It seems that these days that worth is a relatively loose term. Just as with athletes and music artists, it seems that it is the likeability of a product as opposed to the usefulness of it results in its net worth. Successful heart surgeons make far less than successful boy bands. Prize winning athletes make far more than Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners and usually spend it on useless items in order to crow of their newfound wealth while scholastics and academia are in constant search of funds for life altering discoveries. Reality television is on par with overly rewarded athleticism and one hit wonders. The brutality of democracy in the modern age, it seems, deems reality television stars more valuable than much more noteworthy professions, which begs the question; does this affect the way America sees opportunities in becoming wealthy?

    • Even something on social media--people try to make names for themselves by being as silly as possible just to go "viral." – Jaye Freeland 4 years ago
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    • I think it is a world wide phenomenon. There are internet stars and reality show stars in every country. You are 100% correct. – Munjeera 4 years ago
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    • Great Topic! This could maybe be expanded beyond how wealth and fame are acquired to how they are maintained, grown, and used. – eLarene 4 years ago
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    • Include examples of these reality TV shows like Jersey Shore, KUWTK, AYTO and any more you can think of and analyze why the people on these shows have become more important to viewers than those who make positive contributions to the world like doctors and Nobel prize winners. – Deana Murphy 4 years ago
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    As a photographer (or rather aspiring,) I always wondered about the history of the art and how it came to be. This was a fantastic article and I learned a lot. It reminded me of another article I recently read that explored the relationship between a script and a film and if the written form of movie is actually a piece of literature. Photography to me is the script of the fine art world. There isn’t a lot of medium usage (at least since photography became digital) but to made a picture aesthetically pleasing there are a lot steps to take that are akin to making a brushstroke just right.

    Alfred Stieglitz: Meet the Artist Who Popularized Photography in America

    Fantastic article. . . I’m betting you procrastinated writing it though, huh ;). After reading through I realized that I would often use procrastination as a way of not getting distracted while writing essays in school simply because, due to waiting, I couldn’t waste time. This was a terrible use of my day, I now realize, and often ended with me becoming more stressed than proud of my work. Thanks for the tips!

    Writing: The Real Reason You Procrastinate

    Fantastic work. Your explanation of the differences between literature and film (including the examples) made this a very interesting article to read. I would have to counter with an argument that has a very large example. I recently read the script to Shawshank Redemption (being as it is my favorite movie and I would someday like to get into screenwriting) and found that it was a much better written piece of fiction than some of the books out there I’ve seen are on best seller lists. The only reason I bring this up is because it includes not just dialogue, but beautiful descriptions of the characters and surroundings. I would have to ask then, where do you place scripts such as these?

    The Literary Merit of Film Scripts