I'm From Rolling Stone

 
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Better than most MTV reality, but some iffy stuff.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show's overall story is about young people learning how to be professionals and what it takes to be responsible. Young viewers can see how to blend their interests with work.

Violence

Discussion of violence in famous musicians' lives (like the death of a Wu Tang Clan member); some aggressive playing.

Sex

Some kissing between lovers, jokes about condoms, some encounters with sexual harassment.

Language

Lots of cursing, but almost everything is bleeped.

Consumerism

Obvious, ever-present MTV and Rolling Stone branding. Musicians also get exposure.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Lots of drinking and smoking -- some excessive -- though users usually learn positive lessons about alcohol abuse.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this MTV reality series follows six aspiring journalists working for Rolling Stone magazine as interns. The mostly twentysomething cast drinks, smokes, and sometimes acts outrageously. One intern drinks heavily, sometimes doing his work while intoxicated; he eventually learns that alcohol interferes with his commitments. Another jumps into a trash can in a dangerous stunt done to impress an interview subject. Sex is discussed frankly, and bleeped cursing is plentiful.

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What's the story?

I'M FROM ROLLING STONE follows six summer interns as they learn the ropes of music journalism and compete for a single slot as a contributing editor for the world-famous music magazine. The six featured interns come from places like San Francisco, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, and Sydney, Australia, and vary by ethnicity, experience, attitude, and taste in music. The interns travel to places like Chicago and Toronto to cover music festivals like Lollapalooza, indie bands like We Are Scientists, and famous hip hop artists like The Wu-Tang Clan's Ghostface Killah. Cameras follow them everywhere, catching their first-day jitters as they get dressed to go into the office for the first time, their critique sessions with executive editor Joe Levy, and their late-night drunken karaoke parties. Rolling Stone editors offer candid criticism and praise when it's due, and the lucky six find different ways of dealing with the positives and negatives.

Is it any good?

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For aspiring journalists or fans of the music business, I'm From Rolling Stone is an exciting, eye-opening look behind the scenes of a major magazine. Teens might be inspired to try out for an internship themselves or explore other avenues to match their interests with their future professions. The plentiful smoking and drinking may be a deterrent for parents, but it's nothing kids won't see plenty of as soon as they hit the college dorms. In fact, the show does a good job of showing how too much partying can negatively affect a young person's dreams. In fact, the show doesn't feel like a reality show as much as a documentary about an actual event that occurs every summer, when thousands of hopefuls submit applications for the six internship spaces at the New York City-based magazine.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the show portrays internships. How hard do you think it would be to get a job like this? What are the benefits (and drawbacks) of being an intern? Do you think internships are an important way to learn about a business? What would teens' dream internship be? Do you think movies and TV shows glamorize jobs like this one? What do you think it's really like to be a reporter/journalist?

TV details

Cast:Jann Wenner
Network:MTV
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-PG

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