Sad truth exists in reality TV

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Re: “Spoiled rich kids offer viewers a false reality”
Jan. 16, 2007

To the Editor:
While I agree the plethora of wealth-focused reality shows is highly disturbing, even more distressing is the fact these programs reflect a certain reality. To put it simply, the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer. Turn on the television on any given night and you can flip between the hunger crisis in Africa and the shopping “crisis” on Laguna Beach. Open a newspaper and read about Britney Spears’ new mansion and homelessness in London at the same time. Or simply remember some students’ university educations are funded entirely by their parents while others are drowning in debt.

A recent study from the United Nations University’s World Institute for Development Economics Research proves the prevalence of global inequality: “The richest five per cent of the world’s adults " minimum net worth, $150,145 " hold 70.6 per cent of the world’s wealth. The richest one per cent " minimum wealth, $514,512 " hold 39.9 per cent of the world’s wealth all by themselves, 13,000 times more than the entire bottom 10 per cent.”

There exists some truth to reality programming, a reality far more harrowing than not having Jay-Z perform at your birthday party.
"Hilary Marchildon
MIT II

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