EastCoastNAZ saidDon't forget that those shows also keep plenty of people employed in the TV industry, while also bringing in promotional advertising that helps other businesses gain revenue, which keeps many more employed and services offered.
And it's not like these shows just have banks of money waiting to be given away. I don't believe it's that simple. They earn it through advertising revenues and syndications. If there was no show, there would be much less money available to just "give" to the needy. At the same time, companies pay for the advertising slots through revenues gained through the promotion.
Um.......people in the television industry can still be employed making better programs. These programs create personal fortunes for the producers, distributors, advertisers, and the winners. You can say and "hope" that those advertisers and corporations are helping out the real poor with donations, but I believe better programs can be made that directly help those people.
Um, clearly you don't understand why the entertainment industry exists. It allows people to escape and be entertained, away from daily stresses, etc. If every show on TV was about charities and helping people, there would be a very small viewing audience, therefore, no one would want to advertise on them. Therefore, there would be no revenues to be able to give to anyone.
How depressing would it be if every show was basically a stylized telethon? Why do we have athletes earning gazillions of dollars instead of just getting everyone in a stadium to have a charity event? Our society doesn't work that way and it can't work that way. People need to that release from their daily realities.
At the same time, is it really every person's obligation to help others in need? Do you live at the ultimate minimum and give all your excess to the poor? Didn't think so. Somewhat to Halfstep's point, I work hard for my money, doesn't matter what industry I am in (unless it is illegal and/or unethical, of course), and I deserve to live with the luxuries that I have. I am keeping others employed and earning a salary. As a matter of fact, I am responsible for keeping hundreds and hundreds of people employed through my current responsibility. Why don't I deserve it? I give to those that need help on a consistent basis.