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Values of White Trash

Coming home from an exhausting day at work, you sit in your recliner to relax as
you hear foul shouting blurting from your child's bedroom.Curiously you walk towards
the room to find the shouting coming from the guests on the Jerry Springer Show.You
think to yourself, "why is my child watching daytime talk shows," or as the majority refer
to it, "Trash TV."The storm clouds have been gathering for quite some time now. Is the
end near for Trash TV? Concerned viewers, legislators, and press are worried about
television show content in general, however, some of our trashy Talk Shows have
received more than their fair share of attention in the last few years.What I'm concerned
with is, "What are these shows teaching our children and how does this affect our
Many of the guests on TV daytime talk shows are portrayed differently according
to the topic; however, the guests seem to all have something in common: their background
and behavior.Watching a variety of these TV daytime talk shows recently, I've observed
that the bulk of these guests all appear to be whites, Hispanics, or African Americans of
the lower or middle class. They all come from the same type of living conditions and
crazy lifestyles.People may even mention the words "white trash,"referring of course to
the Caucasian guests.Insinuating that the background of the guests is inadequate, they do
not mind being ridiculed for their outrageous beliefs and lifestyles. To these guests this is
their normal lifestyle; besides, why do audience members and viewers find these guests'
lives to be so interesting?What make these shows so popular?
It seems that the audience and viewers enjoy watching people spill guts about
everyday garbage life.Viewers are entertained by the mockery of people whom they
aren't familiar with because there is no connection to the vie…


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