In flipping channels tonight, I came across “Nightline” on ABC right when Cynthia McFadden was introducing a package about proms in America and how they’re perceived in this day and age. Basically, they wanted to find out what all the fuss is about. Don’t deny it. There’s an AWFUL LOT of fuss that goes on about prom. Briefly, I think it’s horribly overrated and the rising college students should throw all their money into what really matters: college. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for dressing to impress and dancing the night away, but save it for when you’re old enough to go to your friends’ weddings. One big thing bothered me about the package.
They said the story was a depiction of your everyday prom in America. Cut to a big house in suburban New Jersey. Outside sits a grand in-ground pool surrounded a pristine landscaping job and oh yeah, twenty seven couples. When the hell did twenty seven couples start going to prom together? I went to two senior proms and the larger of the two had about a dozen couples on one party bus, which seems to be the norm nowadays. Granted, they could go to a huge high school, but reason leads me to believe that’s not the case. Long story short, the whole package was supposed to be about your everyday prom. If the party bus doesn’t show up and you and your $6,000 dress have to be taken to the hall in your dad’s Bentley, does that classify as “everyday?” No? Right. Probably not. This is NOT your everyday prom, Nightline. Last time I checked, there were families that can barely afford the gas to take their son or daughter to prom in the minivan. If you say you’re going to show us something on the news, then show it. Don’t show us the glitz and glam that half the country wishes it had.
I know I’ve come off extremely bitter, but isn’t that the point of a blog … to express your opinion? I’m glad I’ve pursued this outlet. In the past I’ve expressed my feelings through songs that I’ve written, but studying communications and journalism has swung me in a different direction. My studies, particularly in journalism, have taught me to think critically about the current state of the industry and to ALWAYS BE ACCURATE. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in my journalism classes, it’s to tell a true story to the best of your ability. Dig up the details and report, not because you want to fluff it up for better ratings, but because you simply want to. It’s just the right thing to do.