Remember back to the glory days in fifth grade when you were the oldest and coolest kid in elementary school? It was that year that I had my first “sex education” talk in school, learning about the birds and the bees and giggling because I was full of innocence. Everyone has suffered through “the talk” at one point or another, whether it be on the couch with your parents or in school surrounded by your classmates. Now imagine your children, younger siblings, or cousins watching “Teen Mom” episodes as aids to their sex talk. Maybe they are watching the episode in season 1 where Amanda and Gary get into a physical altercation in front of their toddler, or maybe the episode in season 2 where Jenelle spends her time smoking Marijuanna rather than taking care of her son. Whichever episode you choose, it is bound to be filled with inappropriate language and turmoil that does not rightfully depict the life of all teenage mothers. “Teen Mom” is just one example of what reality television has emerged into over the years: a one-sided representation of real life situations, with too much emphasis on superficial issues and material objects, and television stars that are setting an inadequate example for our youth. While reality television accounts for a large portion of T.V. entertainment and exposes the audience to consequences that can accompany irresponsible behavior, the negative effects of these shows on our youth are becoming increasingly profound. Almost every scene is somewhat biased and extremely exaggerated, thus many real-world experiences are misrepresented. As a result, children and young adults are growing up with a skewed idea of reality and beginning to lower their standards. The lifestyles that teenagers and young adults maintain is some what reflective of the celebrities they idolize. This can be detrimental to society as poor role models are being created for the upcoming generations that will one day be running our country. Acknowledging that it is nearly impossible to get rid of certain reality shows altogether, I propose making minor changes to currently aired shows, as well as piloting some new, and more accurate series. One change would be to add more factual and beneficial information to episodes, such as the impact of having to pay for hospital bills and post-delivery costs in “Teen Mom” or announcing what the winner of shows like “America’s Next Top Model” actually receive after the filming stops. Adding a new series that answers universal questions like, “What is the college application process like or what do you learn and experience from volunteering your service in a different country”, would be another way to kick start a new approach to reality T.V. Although these shows would not have as much visual appeal, they would attract a diverse population of viewers from all age groups and demographics. A more precarious solution would be to grant actors more freedom in decision-making processes and minimize the control producers have over the direction of the show by modifying their contracts. This theory would be better pursued by producers and agents, therefore my main focus is on revising current reality series and trying out new ones. Even since the 1940s, the main focus of reality television was to entertain the audience. Although this began with harmless game shows and documentaries on average people, it had evolved into drama-focused and digitally-edited episodes by the 1980s. I agree that this genre of television has some programs, such as Dancing With the Stars and Americas Funniest Home Videos, which are enjoyable to watch and virtually harmless to the actors and the audience. However, the most recently aired programs like Skins and Jersey Shore are nothing more than drinking, fighting, cheating and explicit material for the viewers entertainment. This is partially due to the producers lack of compassion for the well-being of their “actors”, which is why scenes are often…
Almost every reality production today is nonunion (exceptions include the talent show "Star Search" and traditional game shows like "Jeopardy!"). Guild coverage would mean credit for writers, better pay for their services, and health and pension benefits -- and a cut of any possible DVD sales and reruns. The leadership of the WGA calls the "reality jurisdiction" fight of "vital importance."
Why? Simple economics. Reality shows, which began as curiosity, a blip in the summer schedule in the late…
Reality Television in Today’s Society
March 25, 2013
Reality Television in Today’s Society
It is very easy to get lost in television today as it broadly displays real life characters living out every detail of their lives in front of the camera. Just what is considered “too much” for television in this day in age? Is it parents seeking help from the super nanny with their unruly children, detectives investigating brutal senseless murders on inner city streets…
Bias 1: In the popular sense of the word, intelligence tests are often biased. Often, tests have questions which rely on knowledge of mainstream culture. For example, the 2011 SAT writing prompt demanded students discuss the authenticity of reality television shows.
Bias 2: Aptitude tests seem to predict future achievement equally well for various ethnic groups, and for men and women.
Power of Expectations:
Stereotype Threat: a feeling that one will be evaluated based on a negative stereotype…
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“There is no more truth out there than in the world I created for you”-Ed Harris. In the film “The Truman Show”, Truman Burbank lives in a world, which is what he thinks reality; but however is not. Truman discovers in the film the epistemology of his surroundings, and how it could not be as real as he though it once was.
The producers or shall we say the “fathers” behind the false consumption the show each wore tee shirts…
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Reality television plays a big role in in our lives. There are things that draw people into reality television. There is drama and a lot of other elements that we can’t seem to stop us from watching these types of shows.
I at some point in time watch several of these types of programs. I can’t seem to pin point why we are draw into it. Reality television can be additive at time but the message that it present is not a positive message. I believe it to be negative and ridiculous. The two reality…
In contemporary society, the role of the celebrity is particularly
pervasive. The Kardashians are an American family with their own TV show
(“Keeping up with the Kardashians”). As such, they are an example of the mass
media genre of “reality TV” and the celebration of the celebrity. Moreover, the
Kardashians are the epitome of popular culture because their show and subsequent
lifestyles reflect consumerist values, trivial pastimes and superficiality.
Popular culture is a…
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I unyieldingly believe that the pen is mightier than the sword.
Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani girl who has been continually oppressed by the
Taliban, has made the importance of words evident through her life’s work. She, alongside her
family, has been an advocate for educating females in a country where women are seen as much
less than their male counterparts. Even after being shot in the head by a gunman, Malala
continues to use words to empower young people. Malala has faced many obstacles and has not