Final Research Essay
Prof. Jamie Cooper
May 12, 2011
Values Portrayed on Reality Television Programs
The research that I will conduct on the topic of “Values Portrayed in Reality Television Programs” will primarily focus on the following: targeted age demographic of each show, media response, common scenarios, and of course, the values that I believe are being portrayed in each. I have also decided to introduce the network of which each program is being run, to further differentiate between the significance and influence each has on the targeted audience due to its number of viewers. The programs I have chosen are: “Jersey Shore” of MTV, “The Real World” of MTV, and “Sinbad’s: Family Affair” of WE. Most of my research will come from my personal viewing of each program, which will consist of me watching several episodes of each show while also taking notes of the differences and similarities between each. My goals are to remain as unbiased as possible while conducting my research. According to Wikipedia the definition of “reality television” is as follows: A genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors, sometimes in a contest or other situation where a prize is awarded. To begin my essay draft I would first like to point out why I don’t believe that the phrase “Reality Television” should be used to describe shows such as “Jersey Shore” or The Real World.” In my opinion people who are being followed by entire film crews will never act or react without first considering what the entire world will think of them, therefore most cast members will not feel as inclined to act or react in a way that is normal, so I don’t feel that these shows should qualify as reality television. People are naturally influenced and impacted by the...