Friday, March 18, 2011

Are you effing kidding me?

For the SAT this year, I got this prompt:
“Reality television programs, which feature real people engaged in real activities rather than professional actors performing scripted scenes, are increasingly popular. These shows depict ordinary people competing in everything from singing and dancing to losing weight, or just living their everyday lives. Most people believe that the reality these shows portray is authentic, but they are being misled. How authentic can these shows be when producers design challenges for the participants and then editors alter filmed scenes?

“Do people benefit from forms of entertainment that show so-called reality, or are such forms of entertainment harmful?”
According to a Yahoo article, “not every test taker received the same essay prompt; some opened up their tests to find a question about whether photography represents real life of just a photographer’s point of view.”

Can life get any fairer, just saying? I would have nailed that essay--blow it out of the water, aced it--if I had gotten the photography prompt.

I don't watch reality TV (not a decision that I made of my own volition). And okay, hey, let's be honest--even if College Board claims that you don't necessarily have to talk about reality television--the first thing people are bound to feel the need to talk about is reality television since that's what the prompt addresses in the first place! 

What the actual fuck.