Values portrayed on reality television programs
Negative effects on viewers and participants of reality television programs Teresa Jones
Professor Richard Bair
October 6, 2010
Negative effects on viewers and participants of reality television programs Webster describes value as relative worth, merit, or importance as in, the value of a college education. The verb tense of the word value is to regard or esteem highly as in, he values her friendship. The television has persuaded or influenced people since 1941, when the television stations were no longer experimental and given call letters. Before that time newspapers and radio was the only media outlets that were primarily used. Mainly newspapers were the main source of persuasion used during the early 1900’s during a time when sensationalist stories were the great reads. Even though there are various different types of media outlets, television ranks the highest. Since reality TV’s inception and transmitting its first reality show, the drama is what the audience has always wanted. Does this promote moral and ethical behavior? Watching women fight and pull on housewives is not something I want my daughter to watch. These values are not what need to be transmitted to youths or adults, like another example is talk shows. For example, The Maury Show mainly discusses, “Who is my baby’s daddy?” This teaches young ladies and adult women that it’s ok to be promiscuous sexually. The topic reflect conflicts over how people should behave; clashing personalities, life-styles, and values; and what happens when people overstep traditional moral boundaries to do the unacceptable like cheat on a mate or steal a friend’s boyfriend. The excitement comes from breaking boundaries and flouting of traditional standards (Scott, 1996). Reality shows can sometimes provide both helpful and morally censure perceptions to its viewers. However, the point of this research is to provide critical data on the...
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