Movie Mom

Movie Mom


Reality TV: Pro and Con

posted by Nell Minow

“Does Reality Television Do More Harm Than Good?”

Fans and foes of reality television and fans of the art of argument and persuasion of all kinds will want to tune in as the debate teams from Harvard and Columbia rev up that long-time Boston/New York competition when they take on reality television in what is being billed as “a war of words and wit” (and a form of reality television as well).  Many of these programs, like shallow voyeurism, mesmerize and inspire shameless curiosity. It is a genre replete with confrontations and the dramatic, ranging from the breakup of friendships to the implosion of marriages.

Some exceptions seem to have risen from the clutter, finding favor with fans and critics alike with uplifting content. Yet the entire genre continues to spark controversy, and generate questions. What is the real impact of reality television? Is it just a passing fad? And what does the fascination reveal about our society, and the people who watch?

Halogen TV, a network dedicated to socially-conscious entertainment, invites you to join the conversation and decide where you stand on the issue during “Does Reality Television Do More Harm Than Good?”– a debate between team members from The Harvard Speech and Parliamentary Debate Society and The Parliamentary Debate Society of Columbia University. The event provides an opportunity for some of the finest minds in America to consider all sides of the issue, and, in the process, reflect on television in general, and its potential to shape our worldview.

Those in the New York area can join them tonight.  “Cocktails + Conversation” begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, October 4th at The Crosby Street Hotel in New York City.  The debate will be available for viewing on the Halogen website by Friday.



  • http://Ggbgggvvghbvf Ggb

    They post sexual activity and drugs on some reality shows and it drives me crazy. Instead of adding more reality shows to discovery or something like that, they just add shows like ” Americas next top model” or ” moment of truth” or another inappropriate show!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hmmmpphhh!!!!!!!!!

Previous Posts

Great Cinematographers on Instagram
Indiewire has a gorgeous array of Instagram feeds from Hollywood cinematographers. Be sure to talke a look so you can follow them.

posted 8:00:27am Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »

De-fictionalizing Products in Movies and Television: Life Imitating Art
Fast Company has an article about Omni Consumer Products, a "de-fictionalizing" company that looks for products in movies and television that do not really exist and makes them available. As the sole proprietor of Omni Consumer Products, [Pete] Hottelet is constantly scanning the pop culture z

posted 8:00:17am Sep. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Tusk
You can make a good movie about slackers, for example "Slackers," from Richard Linklater and "Clerks" from Kevin Smith. But you can't make a good movie by a slacker, and Smith does not seem wi

posted 5:59:40pm Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »

This is Where I Leave You
A toddler carries his little potty out in front of the house so he can try out his new-found skill in public. Twice. Plus another time when the contents of the potty are first displayed for the

posted 5:59:39pm Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »

The Maze Runner
Yes, it's another dystopic YA trilogy (actually, there's a fourth volume, a prequel), and yes, only a teenager with fabulous cheekbones can save the day. But "The Maze Runner" is not a lesser repeat. It is a worthy addition to the genre, an absorbing drama with surprising turns and even more surpris

posted 5:59:23pm Sep. 18, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.