Since young women are being surrounded and exposed to different types of media, it also influences the identity of young women by reinforcing negative stereotypes. In Chapter 3: “Bitches and Morons and Skanks, Oh My!” of Reality Bites Back, Pozner reveals how popular reality television shows have a strong impact on today’s society by shaping the way women view things and define themselves. She also states how dating shows, like The Bachelor and Flavor of Love, often describe women as “catty, bitchy, manipulative, not to be trusted, and cannot live without a man” (pg. 97). The problem with these dating shows is that it tells young women that they need to become the most seductive and beautiful to win the guy’s heart. This also convinces the young women, who watch the show believe that they have to be manipulative and untrustworthy in order to obtain whatever they want. Because young women have been subject to these stereotypes, they also begin to make generalization and change their perceptions about other people, especially to women. Another example is the reality TV series, Keeping ...
America has many different trends that are considered popular. Jersey shore was a show that came out in December of 2009. Shows became very popular and created its own unique world for the Americans point of view. It was sort of like a plot in a book, the characters used certain types of language, wore certain types of clothes, and had a setting. The show gave viewers what they wanted, with romance, fighting, and partying. These are some of the main reason why viewers stayed attached to the television series, and keeps them happy, and satisfied with the show. This says as Americans we are brainwashed by the shows that we watch to change the way we dress, the way we talk, also the way to handle certain situations.
In this contemporary society, many individuals are getting hooked and exposed to numerous kinds and different genres of reality television shows. Most of the producers of the reality television seem that they are aiming to give us entertainment and show us what “reality” is through their programs. However, these shows are intended to persuade, influence, and manipulate its viewers in many ways. In Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV, Jennifer Pozner examines how reality TV shows such as America’s Next Top Model can have a strong influence in today’s society. America’s Next Top Model is a popular modeling and competition show that aims towards a group of people, particularly women. These aspiring models have to face weekly challenges while living together in order to compete for a modeling contract. Given that many viewers enjoy watching the show, it has become a serious issue affecting our culture. In general, many reality television shows, particularly the America’s Next Top Model, sends negative messages and reinforces stereotypes to manipulate the viewers to believe that the ideal standard level of beauty can be attained.
The reality shows “Modern Family” and “The Amazing Race” do well in establishing standards to eliminate any stereotypes by incorporating cast members of many cultures, races, and ages, but stereotyping is still an enormous problem in reality television (Lllavador). In fact, stereotyping in reality television over the past decade has only grown worse. In accordance with Llavador’s evaluation, reality television shows and their crew members now use stereotypes as their bridge to success, elaborating on them and deliberately staging scenes around them in order to attract high ratings. The original goal of reality television series to reveal the lifestyle or conflict of an individual to the world has now morphed into a dramatic play of sorts to see what will gather the most response. It seems that portraying women as dense, sex-craved housewives, African Americans as violent, illiterate, and loud, and young adults as irresponsible and disrespectful brats keeps viewers’
In order to complete an analysis of a television show through six basic theoretical approaches, I chose to use the pilot episode of Gossip Girl due to its strong representation of class differences. In this episode, the interesting characters of the Upper East Side are introduced and viewers begin to get a sense of the lifestyles that they live. From the elite, to the middle class, issues and attitudes are established. All of the main characters attend an established private high school and seem to backstab each other as a form of entertainment. The main issues of this first episode are Serena sleeping with her best friend’s boyfriend, Lower class Dan’s infatuation with the upper class Serena, and Chuck being an overall bad person and predator
TV is a worldwide phenomenon that has defined an entire generation. Six out of ten households receive MTV as part of their basic cable service, and adolescents spend, on average, two hours a day watching the network (Signorelli, McLeod, & Healy 92). This is not only in America. Viacom, MTV’s parent company, claims to reach 320 million households in 90 countries on 5 continents for 24 hours a day (Mundy 240). Such a large spanning audience has many worried about the great world influence the network has. One such questionable effect of MTV is the power the network to perpetuate the stereotypes depicting women as purely sexual beings, not respectable individuals. This is a difficult controversy to discern because it is only "the latest skirmish in a never ending culture war between young women trying to control their sexuality and a society which fears its power," (When Sex Goes Pop)
HBO's Sex and the City has become a cultural icon in its 6 seasons of running. Based on Candace Bushnell's racy book Sex and the City, the show exhibits an unprecedented example of the sexual prowess of women over the age of 35. The result is an immense viewing audience and an evolving view on the "old maid" stigma that a woman's chances of finding love are significantly reduced after thirty-five. In this paper, we will closely analyze the characters and themes of Sex and the City to explain the significance of what the show represents in American culture.
...ble acting in "Baywatch" and "VIP", it shows that we are part of a shallow society where people are based and rated due to their looks. People who follow our society's definition of attractive may have a less chance in making something of themselves then someone who is "hot". A person who isn't appealing has a harder time and much work a lot harder to achieve the same status of somebody who gets through life based on their looks.
Television has changed so much over the years. There once was a limit as to what could be shown on TV due to the fact that there were younger audiences tuning in. However, television shows have now put an end to all limitations. People who engage in sexual activities and other adult behaviors are being broadcasted all over television as if those things are acceptable. According to Clifford, Gunter, and McAleer, “Televised dramatic portrayals are believed to be a source of social misperceptions, faulty beliefs, and distorted world views” (9).The TV show, Bad Girls’ Club, is a prime example of this. While the show is indeed entertaining, it does not amplify the best morals. In terms of ethics, Bad Girls’ Club is abominable because the ladies disrespect themselves and one another by constantly fighting, dressing in revealing clothing, partying excessively, and getting involved in random sexual escapades.
Since the beginning of time itself, Television has been one the most influential pieces of media that the world has ever encountered. The beginning days of television depicted stereotypical mothers cooking and cleaning their homes for their husbands and children. Yet, as the decades passed, television took a dramatic turn, leaving the days of drama free entertainment as a vast memory. Now a day, however, when one hits the power on button to Bravo, the screen lights expand to ritzy socialites dealing with their everyday lives as “housewives”. Bravo TV’s hit number one reality television show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, deals with the everyday lives of modern-day housewives. When speaking of these women and their family life, the reality series shows its viewers that family life in modern times is dramatic, full of misrepresentations of how people are perceived, and that fame comes at the cost of family.