Young people exhibiting bad behavior does not represent all of W.Va.

Charles Owens

While I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible during the warm summer months, I still eventually reach a point each night where the television is turned on. Sometimes it is turned on just for the sake of background noise. 

I also try to restrict the amount of time I spend online so that I can enjoy the great outdoors. Of course it is easy to multi-task while outside. For example, you can walk and scroll through social media news threads on your cell phone at the same time. As long as you look up occasionally to make sure that you aren’t walking into a hole or other related outdoor hazard.

Sadly, this is something you encounter on a regular basis at local department stores and grocery stores. Folks who are blindly pushing a shopping cart while their attention is instead focused on their cell phone screens. Even scarier are those individuals who are looking at their cell phone screen while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle. Common sense — if such a thing even exists anymore — would suggest that texting while driving is a terrible idea. And there is certainly no reason to be reviewing a social media news feed while driving. Put the phone down and just drive.

But I digress from my original point. When there is nothing on television worth watching, sometimes it is necessary to turn to the internet. I prefer news sites like the Bluefield Daily Telegraph.

Sadly, the summer television season can often be best described as a wasteland of reality television programming. Between reruns and the so-called unscripted reality shows, there isn’t a lot to get excited about on the small screen during the warm summer months.

I don’t mind a little reality television here and there. I’ve always enjoyed “Survivor” on CBS and I suppose “America’s Got Talent” is OK.

I understand that the producers of the short-lived and highly controversial “Buckwild” reality show on MTV from a few years ago are launching a reboot of sorts.

In fact, filming on “West Virginia Wilder” is apparently well underway. I suspect that it will be another black eye for the Mountain State.

No one in West Virginia asked for a sequel, or a prequel or a spiritual successor to “Buckwild.” 

Those who watched “Buckwild” recall images of young people cursing, drinking, fighting and swimming in the back of a dump truck, body licking, fighting with neighbors and dangerous stunts.

It was just another poor attempt by Hollywood to ridicule the good citizens of West Virginia.

At its basic core, “Buckwild” was nothing more than a celebration of bad behavior among a small group of young people who are not representative of the entire state. Of course, as we have learned over the years, reality television isn’t always as “real” as the television networks would like you to think.

Sometimes those individuals participating in a reality show or competition will be encouraged to say certain things or act in certain ways. Obviously the youth who were featured on “Buckwild” were encouraged to act wild. And with the new reality show called “West Virginia Wilder,” its name alone would imply that — once again — the young people who are being featured will be encouraged to exhibit bad behavior and act wild, perhaps even wilder than those featured on “Buckwild.”

This sets a horrible example for other young people out there who were raised correctly by their parents, and are trying to act decent, and behave well among their neighbors and friends.

I won’t be watching the new show, whenever it airs. And I hope area residents will tune it out as well.

Charles Owens is the Daily Telegraph’s assistant managing editor. Contact him at cowens@bdtonline. Follow him @BDTOwens.







 Charles Owens is the Daily Telegraph’s assistant managing editor. Contact him at cowens@bdtonline. Follow him @BDTOwens.