The actual essay question was:
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?
As the NYTimes reports, some kids weren't sure how to respond, because they don't watch TV.
I'm curious to hear how you guys feel. Would you be excited to write an essay on pop culture, or would you have no clue where to start?