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What to look for on Smart Talk Tuesday, August 5, 2014:
Although meant to be entertaining, "reality" TV shows such as Amish Mafia and Breaking Amish focus on a small margin of Amish society and many believe it's not done accurately. Some say that such shows are broadcasting “Amish-sploitation” and promote misunderstanding of the traditional Amish way of life.
Respect Amish is a Lancaster County movement responding to the unrealistic portrayals of Amish life on reality TV. They have asked 3,000 businesses in Lancaster County to boycott Amish Mafia film crews, making it difficult for the show to continue filming.
Dr. Donald Kraybill and Mary Haverstick
On Tuesday’s Smart Talk, Mary Haverstick from Respect Amish will discuss the group’s efforts to protect the Amish community from exploitation.
Nearby Elizabethtown College has an Amish Studies program, which offers students the chance to expand their understanding of the Amish religion, social organization, and cultural practices.
Dr. Donald Kraybill, an internationally recognized Anabaptist scholar and Senior Fellow in the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies, will offer his thoughts about the reality shows..
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