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 8 years ago
  • I think it is a world wide phenomenon. There are internet stars and reality show stars in every country. You are 100% correct. – Munjeera 8 years ago
  • Great Topic! This could maybe be expanded beyond how wealth and fame are acquired to how they are maintained, grown, and used. – eLarene 8 years ago
  • 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 8 years ago

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