Reality TV is influencing the way individuals live their lives. It encompasses staged drama, false images of families, and it tries to make immorality seem appealing. Clearly, what people believe to be somewhat realistic is just another Hollywood show. The only truth in the shows are found by skimming the surface of the family’s lives. Hence, reality TV is not anything except a glorified, unrealistic life.
Reality television shows dominate many television networks today. There are reality television shows enjoyed by virtually every age-group. However, many people are unaware of the truth behind reality television shows. They are unaware of the planning and prearranged situations that occur in most "reality" shows. Reality television shows pose some important detriments for society, which include presenting contrived situations as reality, promoting unethical values, and presenting humiliation as a form of entertainment.
Throughout this analysis, is a discussion of the real ethics of reality TV and how the current gender, media and popular culture depict a fusion between reality and reality on TV. The writing is based upon the "Real Appeal: The Ethics of Reality TV", Catehrine Lumby and Elspeth Probyn. The idea that anyone can become famous is not fairly evident upon most TV viewers; however it is clear that TV makes the viewer believe that what they are viewing is true and it is for this reason that it becomes reality TV. TV exposes the public to a rather promiscuous vision of reality and this tends to be the apex of reality TV. Quite clearly, as Lumby states, Reality television, as its name suggests, is a genre which attempts to trade off its relationships to real people and events.
One of the most recent and freshest trends to come out of television is the phenomenon of "reality television". Spurred by trend setting programs like CBS's Survivor and MTV's The Real World, reality television was launched as a new genre. With such recent hits as Laguna Beach: The Real OC, Flavor of Love, and American Idol, reality television, as a genre and a staple of pop culture, has only begun to grow. In an analysis of various articles studied from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and, The Los Angeles Times within the last three months has confirmed a recent trend in reality television itself. The articles tend to state the popularity and lucrativeness of reality television and its continuing growth, with no downfall in sight.
In today’s society, reality television has become one of the most watched programs on a regular basis. When some people here the phrase, “reality television”, they automatically associated that with the idea of whatever they are seeing is 100% real and they are getting a firsthand view. This is a misconception that so many people have that causes a problem in what is perceived as real in today’s society. Reality television mainly consists of various programs which significance is to showcase people appearing as themselves in a variety of different situations on a day to day basis.
How Reality TV affects the audience and the characters who were participating into it? Does it really give knowledge to people who were watching and supporting? Or is it just the sake of money and exposing their appearance on television? When it comes to watching television, people at home can choose which types of program they want to want for many reasons. Some people look to television for inspiration; others want to be kept informed about their surroundings and the world. In the article entitled, “Reality TV and Culture” by Jack Perry, he argues, there are some good points to how reality television are formed and offered. Perry explains that, not all of the shows are designed to encourage and promote dangerous and unrealistic. However,
Reality TV has been a very popular part of American society since its conception, but does it go farther than being simply entertainment? As it has progressed, the content of these shows has become increasingly raunchy on and off screen. The producers and “actors” on these shows are hungry for money and attention, a hunger that grows exponentially as the possibilities of reality TV do. The question, often asked is, does reality TV have a negative effect on our society? The answer is simple: absolutely! Reality TV is produced and directed by people that know exactly how to manipulate the truth. Run by those who lie to the public's face and can legally get away with it. The shows reach out to a very impressionable society and deeply implants immorality, negative self-images and other issues that threaten American society. Reality TV damages those that find themselves in the unfortunate, yet common, situation of being exploited on these shows and it does so purposefully for the sake of money and ratings.
It is a popular argument that reality television is detrimental to its viewers, as many programs rely on outrageously ridiculous, lewd, or irate characters acting in their most primitive form for their major appeal. James Steyer, author of “The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on Our Children,” says of reality TV: “There's a premium on the lowest common denominator of human relationships. It's often women degrading themselves. I don't want my 9-year-old thinking that's the way girls should behave,” (Poniewozik, 3). Theroux’s argument is not unlike Steyer’s; both wr...
Reality television has been around for decades. Around the 2000’s reality shows had took off, making reality television the most popular genre on television. Reality T.V plays a very important position in people everyday lives. Reality television programs of today are popular because of the variety of attitudes and values that are used to construct the viewers. In this specific program, the producers will creatively edit the footage to present an interesting story and the participants are often thrown into a scripted situations and are also told to say “this is not scripted”. Reality television is not to be made informative
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