Response Paper #1
Since I first began watching “grown up TV shows”, A&E’s Intervention has been my favorite. Intervention is an Emmy Award winning TV series airing on A&E, that documents the lives and the struggles of several different people facing different types of addictions. These addicts lives are followed and documented and they are under the impression they are filming a documentary. Instead, they are being documented and will be facing an intervention put together by their family and their friends, and faced with the option to go to treatment, or to continue their lifestyle of addiction. Their treatment option is a 90 day program, all expenses paid, at a number of different rehabilitation facilities. Some of the episodes didn’t have such happy endings, and there were several of the addicts being filmed that refused treatment, and some of the addicts later died after filming due to health complications and mental issues related to their addictions. Intervention began airing March 6th, 2005, and continued to air until it’s series finale on July 18th, 2013. Intervention didn’t pin-point appeal to a certain age group of viewers, though it is particularly directed towards people who have been affected by addiction firsthand, or witnessed addiction affects the lives of someone they love. It can be a very emotional experience for some viewers, and can also be a reminder to all viewers to remain sober and pursue a healthy lifestyle. Intervention uses several different appeals of advertising, starting with the Need For Guidance. The show follows several different addicts that are in need of being protected, shielded, and guided. Addicts that have lost their ability to make rational decisions, have headed down a very unhealthy path, and are in need of guidance and help without realizing it. That is when the family and loved ones step in to offer help and a treatment option. Another appeal of advertisement used...
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