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
speaking, enormous. We should suffer acutely if we are confined in a narrower space” (Huxley 229). Within this bottle lay the effects of cultural and social body image, particularly in adolescent women. Numerous social media outlets, such as Tumblr, give young woman a false idea of what real people look like. In many cases, these women cannot fulfill their desire to comply with the media’s “perfect” image, which ultimately leads to their suffering, both mentally and physically.
One of the most popular,…
Bringing About a Revelation of Media Violence in Society for our Children
As a new parent, I have tuned into the escalating amount of graphic violence being aired on mainstream television and movies. I find the context of the violence and the seeming urgency to up-the-ante with an increasing level of explicitness exceptionally disturbing. It leaves me questioning the impact that this might have on my child’s sense of wellbeing.
The scope and breath of media violence is something we grapple…
the ground. 22 people were hurt and 2 are in critical conditions. Alex Hribal was taken into custody. Being charged as an adult, Alex faces four counts of attempted homicide and 21 counts of aggravated assault.
My brother seemed desensitised to the reality of this incident and it incensed me. He is 16 now, and is heavily influenced by video games like, Battlefield 3, COD and GTA. He is not fazed by violence, and I believe video games shouldn’t be this influential.
Computer and video games have come…
mother, Viola, made a living by prostituting herself out to members of the community. When she brought a client back to her home, she would force Henry to watch her engage in various sexual acts from a very young age. As another form of sadistic torture, Viola would regularly dress Henry up as a girl and curl his hair and send him to school that way, obviously leading to horrific ridicule at the hands of his classmates. Many years later, when Henry was in his 20’s, he got into an argument with his mother…
Over the last half-century, programming on TV has increased the demands it places on precisely these mental faculties. This growing complexity involves three primary elements: multiple threading, flashing arrows and social networks.
According to television lore, the age of multiple threads began with the arrival in 1981 of ''Hill Street Blues,'' the Steven Bochco police drama invariably praised for its ''gritty realism.'' Watch an episode of ''Hill Street Blues'' side by side with any major drama…
to compete. Called
“the arena”, the setting of the Games is a different landscape each year and is designed by
the Gamemakers, complete with various traps and obstacles strategically placed to ensure
entertainment. Collins terms the 24 boys and girls selected to compete for the Capitol’s
viewing pleasure “tributes”, just as the Athenian youths are called in the Theseus myth.
The tributes are trapped in the arena, with no means of escape, in the exact same
Circumstances as the Athenian youths…
British Crime Survey (BCS) | A victim survey conducted annually by a team of researchers at the Home Office. |
Capitalist society | An economic system where the production of goods is organised for profit and sold to a free market. |
CCTV | A television system often used for surveillance. |
Chivalry thesis | The belief that the police and courts are easier on women because they are male dominated. |
Crime | Behaviour that breaks the law. |
Dark figure of crime | The amount of crime that does…
GP NOTES 2010 (ESSAY)
a. New vs. Traditional
b. New: narcissistic?
c. Government Censorship
d. Profit-driven Media
f. Private life of public figures
g. Celebrity as a role model
h. Blame media for our problems
i. Power + Responsibility of Media
j. Media ethics
k. New Media and Democracy
a. Science and Ethics
b. Government and scientist role in science
c. Rely too much on technology?
d. Nuclear technology…
Area: Rights of women in India
Topic: A Theoretical Perspective on Dowry Deaths in India
a) To understand the concept of dowry as has originated and evolved in India.
b) To conceptualize modern day consequences of dowry system.
c) To refer to various laws in India and find out reasons for ineffectuality.
d) To analyze the trend lay down in this regard by way of various judicial decisions.
e) To critically analyze the reasons for…
to empower and inform, allowing individuals to know that often times there is an existing pattern of attitudes, ideas & behaviors that can allow them to be warned regarding the person they are involved with has potentially life threatening issues:. Young women/teens mistake aggressive and abusive behaviors as serious displays of love. We are a society of people charged to protect and care for the innocent. We must be prepared to let those who harm women, children and the elderly know that society will…