I am arguing against Kathleen Parker’s claim that television series such as Honey Boo Boo are a detrimental form of entertainment to society, specifically to the intellectual aspect. This will be interesting because I actually agree with her.
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo is a “spectacle” similar to the “diversions… reminiscent of carnival sideshows”, and even “more offensive than the show [itself]” is that the audience “enjoys the misfortunes and disadvantages of others”. Ultimately, this leads to a “complicit…decline of community values”.
One thing I question is not a particular claim, but Parker’s intended audience, and her diction, which seems to alienate her audience at times. At the beginning of her article it seems as if she is writing to an audience of people who generally agree with her or have not yet seen Honey Boo Boo, but towards the end of the article, she makes a short quip, “I changed the channel and, lurching past my usual flat-line pursuits, landed in a documentary about Alexandria (ancient Egypt, not modern Virginia)”. This jab seems to suggest that anyone reading the article may not be at the general intellectual level to understand the relative historical importance between a modern and an ancient city, which leads to the question of what is she attempting to achieve by saying this.