Every year, tens of thousands of people try out for different reality shows in the United States. Their goal is to accomplish what they believe is the, “American Dream,” and become an overnight sensation. What does this say about the, American Dream?
Most people were raised assuming that the American Dream is that through hard work, courage, and a great amount of determination, a person could achieve great prosperity in our country. Through perseverance, just about anything is possible in the United States.
Those that believe that a reality show will fulfill the American Dream distort the dream to their own liking. These people believe that through the short season of a reality show, they can achieve what they believe is the American Dream.
To these people, the American Dream is to become famous with very little effort on their part. They believe that one bring break, they can be the envy of others in the United States, and be considered as someone who has achieved the American Dream.
This distortion is passing onto the younger generations. We find that each generation is just a little bit lazier and lackluster then the previous one. Each generation believes that it needs to do less to achieve more.
These reality shows push this misinterpretation of the American Dream. Many people believe that they can try out for a show like American Idol without any hard work, or previous training. They believe that these shows are there just for them to make them into a star.
The American Dream does not truly allow for this. It states that someone who has given the time and effort should succeed, not someone who just believes that he or she should succeed.
Also, many of the people that wish to be contestants on these shows believe that if they are not allowed on the show, their goal of achieving the American Dream has been defeated. They do not realize that being knocked down a few times is just a way to encourage you to refocus yourself so that you can truly know what your strengths, limitations, and true goals actually are.
We have spent hours watching these contestants, or wannabe contestants crying because they believe that the world is coming to an end since they are not allowed to progress further in the process of a reality show. Since so much time is spent on this focusing in on failure, what message does it send to our younger generations?
Could this message be that we as Americans are more amused by the people that do not achieve their goals, then we are by the ones who do? Does this tell the younger generation that people who are not successful once cannot achieve the American Dream?