Q&A Time! Theme: How do you feel about…

Question 1: How do you feel about Reality TV? Is there any benefit to watching it?

I enjoy some reality TV shows more than others, like most people really. I think there can be some benefots to it, as the show can possibly open the eyes of the viewer and immerse them into a world or community they would have never otherwise had the opportunity to experience or learn about. In this way, certain reality TV shows can be educational while also being entertaining.

However, we often hear about how some reality TV shows tend to skew the very reality they portray, sacrificing real-life and honest depictions in favor of entertainment and popularity. This is where I do see reality TV becoming problematic. I think some shows tend to aim for entertainment first and education second (or just forgo education of any kind). But as long as we as viewers keep this in mind, and always think about what we are watching, and always ask questions (to ourselves and others), then reality TV is not too troublesome.

Question 2: How do you feel about the color red?

This is quite a mundane question, but I will try to give the most interesting answer possible. I love the color red! I just love all colors really. Whenever someone asks me what my favorite color is, I find my answer always changes. So lately, whenever I am asked this question, I say my favorite color is rainbow, because what I love most is all the colors together.

As for red by itself, I love it because of it’s intensity and the ferocity it represents. It reminds me of autumn, when all the leaves turn red, orange and yellow and all the trees are just so beautifully and naturally intense. It’s like they are all coming to life, while also simultaneously dying.

Question 3: How do you feel about fast food chains?

When I think about fast food chains, I am thinking about places like McDonald’s, A&W, Wendy’s, In N Out Burger, Burger King, and Harvey’s to name a few. I am not a fan of the concept of these because they promote overconsumption (of animals, calories and food in general) as well as disposability, and really just sell foods that bottom-line unhealthy. I’m not saying that you should never eat unhealthy food, because of course, if you enjoy it, then eat it but always think moderation. What I have ‘beef’ with here is that these fast food chains are designed in a way that don’t promote eating unhealthily in moderation. The portion sizes are always huge, and the high sugar, fat and salt contents of their food are designed to make you want to keep eating even after you’re full and then keep you addicted and always coming back for more.

Of course I think it’s fine to eat the food once in a while if it really brings you joy and makes you happy, but the problem I have is their whole business model designed around keeping you addicted to their unhealthy food. On top of all this, some chains that have been under fire for this, turn around and blame the customers for being unhealthy, and saying things like “pfff oh well we don’t want you to eat our food everyday we never said that.” But here they are knowingly, making their food as addictive as possible to keep their customers always coming back, so who is really to blame here?

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