The Most Toxic Pile Of Crap Ever – ‘Teen Mom’

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BadTVShow_200Today, I learned about a show on MTV called ‘Teen Mom.’

I hardly ever watch TV (and for good reason). So I’m not very “clued in” when it comes to whatever pop-culture crap that kids are watching these days.

This show has been running for a couple seasons and apparently has some pretty high rankings.

It’s one of those “reality” shows that follow the lives of teenage pregnant girls.

To say it’s awful is an incredible understatement. It has huge ratings, but those ratings come from all the drama (most of which is from editing or the girls playing it up for the camera).

What’s passed off as “reality” TV these days is really just the worst example of people trying to upstage each other with their stupidity. It’s actually far from reality.

But here’s the real danger…

Long term university and government-funded studies have shown that people will naturally do whatever is modeled in front of them.

So the more that this stuff is broadcast far and wide, the more that young people will model that behavior.

I found this quote today while researching this email.

“We live in a culture where people are more offended by ‘swear’ words and middle fingers than they are famine, warfare, and the destruction of our environment.”  – RSIFFIAOI

That quote struck me hard in a couple ways.

First of all, I agree with it 100%. I’m definitely not saying we need to be puritanical about what’s on TV or anywhere else for that matter. We have too much of that in our culture already.

We should definitely be “offended” by war, starvation, and any other oppression around the globe. MUCH more than stupid swear words, for sure.

But the other thing that struck me was that there has to be a balance. If life is nothing but giving the finger to every single thing all the time, then that leads to a spiral of doom of sorts.

That spiral leads to eventually war, famine, and all the other bad stuff.

At some point, we have to model smart, decent people. Broadcast the scientists, the artists, the people making positive change in the world. The kids will start to model that and we no longer would have to worry about war, famine, and the other junk.

It would disappear automatically.

That’s my two cents. Let me know what you think.

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* Published on May 9, 2013

10 Responses

  1. shelley says:

    Hello Denise. I agree with you except for the part where you stated that cussing leads to war, famine and destruction. I have cussed all my life and all the war(fist fights), famine ( broke ) and destruction have stemmed from the decisions I made not because I said shit. I’m also a believer that its not the gun that kills, its the human completing at a minimum of 2 complete actions. Picking up and pulling.

  2. Charity Ekwubiri says:





  3. Thank you Denise for this comment. I, too, do not watch a lot of TV but I definitely do not watch any of the “so called’ reality shows. They are nothing like the reality of my life or any of the lives I have seen. Instead of watching a reality show it would be nice if we would all go out and make, create our own reality life based on love and compassion.

  4. Myra says:


    We definitely need to get rid of all the ‘crap’. It has become the norm to model the worst elements
    of society. How can we live decent, productive lives if we focus on the negative? What kind of
    examples are we giving our children if we don’t aspire to being the best that we can be?


  5. Vicki says:

    When I was in high school, most kids swore because their vocabularies were so limited, they had few words to express how they really felt. I believe the epidemic of swearing on t.v. merely reflects the failure of public education to deliver a decent English education. (As a former English major, swearing irks me for this reason, and because swear words are simply cliches — and, as Colonel O’Neill in Stargate SG-1 would say, I hate cliches). On another level swearing is a form of negativity and negative energy. It’s a feng shui “poison arrow”. Paul Pearsall in “The Pleasure Prescription” wrote that swearing is a form of explosive anger, and “exploders” get more cancer than non-exploders (it’s on page 138). So, stop swearing and stay healthy, people.

  6. Denise,

    You have a valid point. When I was growing up, there were no “reality” shows, unless you count game shows because they had real people in them. We knew that TV shows were fantasy. Today, by labeling these scripted melodramas “reality”, they create not only a “me first” mentality that is completely off-base, but also establish expectations on the part of the viewer that all people act this way. And now you have laid the foundation for conflict. Of course, conflict is necessary in television, as no fictional show or story would be interesting without it. Thus, “reality” TV is no different – there must be conflict. What they shouldn’t be doing is claiming that it’s real life.

  7. Denise Gosnell says:

    Thanks for all the comments so far (Shelley, Charity, Christine, Myra, Vicki, and John). Looks like I have stirred up a hot topic today. :) You guys have raised a lot of great points. The only way to make progress on hot topics is when we put our heads together to think through all the issues intelligently and then make our voices heard to the TV and other commercial enterprises that we support.

  8. Mike Martel says:

    We condone way too much bad behavior for the sake of winning the “game” (Survivor) or entertainment (Teen Mom). The trouble we run into is that we start to accept these behaviors as normal or acceptable. They aren’t… Being a jerk might result in short term success, but they will come back and bite you later.

  9. Ottobong-Dominic Ubong says:

    Hi Denise, Thank you for all the topical issues raised in your newsletter. They have all being really and truly inspiring. Today’s topic is one of great concern cos whether we like or not our society and world at large is dependent on the values we give to our family(children). If they learn more from the television with those swearing words/behaviour heard and seen continuously, I will say, we are building a society of explosive angry men/women, boys/girls who will have no respect and dignity for human life. This ultimately leads to a family – neighbourhood – community – national – international disunity with its end result as wars, destruction etc. So I strongly say, get rid of all the crap, God fearing, decent and intelligent people who are contributing positively to our world should be modelled and the whole idea of teen mom will become non profitable.

  10. David Guion says:

    The growing crappiness of pop culture surely seems out of scope for a company that’s in the business to help businesses succeed, but thanks so much for your out of scope rant. You are spot on. Mencken, or whoever it was that said that no one ever went broke underestimating America’s taste would be appalled to learn just how low these bottom dwellers have taken us.

    I wish I could be optimistic about the prospect of highlighting worthwhile role models, but I think the entertainment industry has sunk so low that no one there has any interest in turning it around. Only God has the power to change it, but he will work through a critical mass of people who take a stand and declare that society has become degraded enough and the trend must reverse. He can work through a critical mass of people who deliberately and intentionally model honesty, decency, and good attitudes.

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