Though we like to think we are sophisticated, moral people, the human rac... ... middle of paper ... ...licly exploit, suffer and humiliate themselves and the rest of us can just sit back and laugh at their idiocy what is this saying about society today? Where do our morals and principles truly lie? Perhaps we deem this type of behaviour acceptable because it is packaged up and shoved through our screens. But the fact is it is not acceptable, especially if people are really going to mimic the behaviour and attitudes shown on Reality Television shows. If people are going to cheat and lie, pick fights with whoever will react and intentionally exploit the privacy of others, society is headed towards one steep, downward spiral.
Fear Factor was created based on the MTV show Jackass. Fear factor takes the basic concept of Jackass and adds different twists, not to mention money, to gain viewers and participants. Another example of television imitation is the NFL versus the XFL. NFL promised that viewers would see more violence and more cheerleaders’ breasts. However, I have mixed feelings on this particular topic.
When shows followed only one or two lead characters; nevertheless now even in a show like ''Apprentice'' our mind connects with the emotions of not one but many characters. Now the viewers search the characters faces and the narrative weaves a collection of distinct subplots that are joined to decide the conclusion of the show. What is interesting to me is multithreading, flashing arrows, and social networking are now included in most television programming suggesting that it has gotten more cognitively demanding through the questioning of arguments, analysis of characters, narrative structure, and inferences. I agree with Johnson that television provides intellectual stimulation making viewers smarter. That’s why if my mother and I had known at an earlier time the intellectual benefits of television, we would have had a positive approach about watching television.
Characters can often serve as examples and, as such, when their actions have positive consequences this can influence the viewer to do the same. Despite there being numerous so-called “trashy” television shows available for entertainment, a viewers most important job is to think more critically about what they are viewing. In reality, a viewer can watch nearly anything and derive some kind of cognitive stimulation from it. There is no harm in watching the promiscuity of the young (or even the old as evidenced by ABC’s Desperate Housewives) as long as the viewer listens to the underlying plight of the characters and thinks more critically of plotlines. Doing this will make any show, no matter what the content, more rewarding and ultimately more entertaining for the viewer.
I look way better than her.” These degrading comments are much easier to make when behind a screen. In addition, everyone's a bit insecure. So, some will continue watching television to make themselves feel better. Some reality television shows show celebrities’ day to day normal life, even though their lives are far from normal, as they are being filmed. But the showing of their basic duties such as running errands, give us a sense of relatability that maybe we aren’t as far from celebrities as we think.
The producer is the one who creates the situation, but how they react is the real thing. (Richard Heldenfels 563-569) When you watch reality television you are seeing a group of people get along in a restricted environment. Throughout the serious anything could happen that will make you want to see the next show. Many of these shows share speed and excitement as much as it is interested in the relationships among characters. It is easier for people to know what is going on compared to soaps.
'; Although this information is not acknowledged as fiction or non-fiction it is still portrayed and processed information by the viewer. One must be able to realize, “How this information is different from everyday life? '; By mocking a family, situation, or community, distortions and biases occur on the television when these subjects are compared to “real life. '; Still unsure of these problems the majority of humans watch even when they don’t understand – why? Television is a medium of novelty, with each new season bringing new shows with dreamier characters and more enticing situations.
Watching television makes you Smarter… When it comes to the topic of television, most of us would readily agree that watching television is a waste of time. Where the agreement usually ends, however, is on the question of “are there shows that increase our intelligence?” and what pleasure do some television show bring to us? I would say there are some great shows that increase our intelligence. Shows like “Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?” this kind of show puts the brain to work; thinking. There are some other shows that tend to convince us that watching television seduces our mind.
However, television has a bad reputation for turning brains to mush and dumbing down its content for the lowest common denominator. Television may not be as problematic as it is made out to be. In Steven Johnson’s article “Watching TV Makes You Smarter,” he asserts that televisions are beneficial to the development of cognitive reasoning skills. Shows with complex story lines and multiple plots within one episode encourage viewers to pay attention and make sense of what is happening on the screen. He uses the example of the show 24, in which there are twenty-one characters with arcs and nine narrative threads within forty-four minutes.
The increase of interest in reality television has seen the boundary, between private and public, collapse. Audiences appear to gain pleasure by being inquisitive about other people's lives and everyday occurrences and with the explosion of reality television this has become much more acce... ... middle of paper ... ...ted version of the reality that is actually happening. Events that happen are scripted by professionals who create the plots and situations house-mates find themselves in. The truthfulness that documentaries provide will always interest different audiences than reality television, reality television provides a type of entertainment where audiences can laugh at other peoples misfortune. However it is when these two formats create the afore mentioned hybrids, the lines of truthfulness become blurred.