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Reality television can be defined as unscripted form of drama or actual events that do not follow any form of sequence involving ordinary people, instead of actors who are professionally trained (Boyd and Emily 2). The origin of reality television is not very vivid in that several undocumented films or television programs have been done in the past some dating back as early as 1950’s (Dimare and Philips 914). However, in 1999 to 2000 reality television become one of the fastest growing television programming in the entertainment scene.
In as much as reality television has some positive significance in the lives of several Americans, it is also possible that the same show has numerous effects that are extremely dire to the lives of the entire American population.
Scholars and television producers have constantly argued in favor of reality television, terming it as the best for regular television programming. This is because people want to see other ordinary people just acting normal without having to read from a script. Moreover, they can easily relate to such television programming, since it involves ordinary people placed in an exotic place. During the stay, they carry on with their lives as normal, although their actions aired on national or international television channels (Kirszner and Mandell 215). For instance, one of the flourishing and helpful reality television programs that support this argument is “Extreme Make Over home edition.” This is because they enable real families to own homes, built by an extremely talented crew. Such reality television serves two purposes; it entertains the viewer and utterly transforms the lives of American families who do not have decent living conditions.
It has also encouraged viewers to express their opinions and, in some cases, vote for their favorite contestant. As a result, the viewers get involved in the show, and they feel that they have the ability to
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Name: Instructor: Course: Date: Why Television is bad for Society Television has caused harm in children’s behavior and has greatly influenced their imagination. A number of the television scenes are violent, rough and have sexual scenes. This has made children to behave the same way they see on TV.
Clearly, the television is one of the biggest boons of technology-how else can you watch the cricket world cup taking place at the Caribbean, right in the comforts of your drawing room
The growth of the mass media, particularly the television has attracted many individuals and has encouraged them towards pursuing a career in the stream of broadcast media.
Elimination occurs to gradually remove the contestants through a voting system and finally the audiences and judges choose the winner or winning couple which is usually one non dancer celebrity and a professional dancer. The popularity and appeal of the show is due to its celebrity involvement and the fact that celebrities who may not ever have danced are seen dancing for the show and even learning how to dance.
Every one desires to be part of it, in one way or the other.
Apart from entertainment, media has a certain amount of social responsibilities to fulfill, as its impact can mould societies. It directly affects and addresses numerous social issues through airing public opinions and work of different social organizations.
The changing situations and uncertainty of attitudes and behaviours captivate their attention and interest in the television show. The ratings, blogs and discussion posts about the reality shows give a better view
The most common setting is a tropical island but the Australian outback has been used. The team is composed by average Americans who are not exactly adapted to the new environment. It simulates the idea of being accidentally marooned, as in Cast