WPE Prompts – Writer’s Resource Lab Essay Topic DIRECTIONS: You will have a total of 75 minutes to respond to the topic below. Write an analytical essay in which you express your thoughts carefully, logically, and effectively. Be sure to respond to all parts of the assignment. Provide examples and evidence to support your ideas. DO NOT WRITE ON A TOPIC OTHER THAN THE ONE ASSIGNED BELOW In recent years, there has been a surge in popularity of reality based T.V. shows. This has opened discussion whether media products, such as Survivor, Joe Millionaire, etc, influence societal attitudes and behavior. Some people argue that reality shows are a detriment to society. They contend that these shows foster notions of greed, manipulation, and deceit. Yet others maintain that reality shows are not, in any way, harmful to society. They charge that the public recognizes the shows for what they truly are, a mere construct of life experience – a “false” reality – to be viewed simply as a form of entertainment. Do you believe reality T.V. shows negatively influence the attitudes and behavior and are, therefore, detrimental to society? How so? Support your answer with examples using personal experience and/or your reading.