Analysis Research Paper of Scrubs

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Kwon 1 KiHyun Kwon Writing 1 Sec. 31 Dr. Shipe December 10, 2007 Doctors on Television Being a doctor was a very respectable job. Doctors were forced to deal with many tough situations like deaths, injuries, and accidents. They saved lives of those who may have lost hope in life, and played an essential and a heroic role in society. Medicine was looked upon with high respect. That was in the past, however. These days, there are controversies in health care, concerns about cost, decreased faith in physicians, and viewing of patient-physician interaction as business transaction (Holoweiko 55). To reflect this gradual change in the perspective of the society in looking at medicine, medical TV shows like Scrubs and Grey’s Anatomy portray the highly respected doctors in a negative light. Although they have their own style of depicting physicians due to the different genres, the two medical TV shows portray doctors in a negative light to convey the image of medicine today. This negative connotation when depicting these
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Kwon 2 people reduces the faith that patients in real life have for doctors. “Cultivation logic states that television pervades life from the time of one’s birth and that exposure to its images is unavoidable for most people. In general, it is suggested that regular exposure to television’s consistent overall pattern of programming over long periods of time influences viewers’ conceptions of reality, standard of judgment, attitudes, thoughts, and behavior,” (Holoweiko 56). It is evident that exposure to television influences the perceptions people have. After constant exposure to the negative depiction of physicians, the judgment people would have on doctors would most likely be untrustworthy and incompetent. Scrubs is a situation comedy depicting life of an intern learning about medicine in a certain hospital. Because Scrubs is a comedy, the director constantly uses exaggeration and ridicules many things, people, and concepts to make people laugh. The humor that is within this comedy series in many ways emphasizes the incompetence and immaturity of doctors. Grey’s Anatomy is a drama series portraying doctors in a working hospital. To depict physicians in a negative way, Grey’s Anatomy underscores doctor’s immorality and selfishness. Unlike the respected image they had in the past, doctors are portrayed negatively in recent medical TV shows, like Scrubs and Kwon 3
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Grey’s Anatomy , which promotes the trust in media and deteriorate the patient- physician relationship. Analysis of these two different medical TV shows tell us that media portrays physicians in a negative light. Chory-Assad 1 and Tambourini 2 also noticed this trend in recent medical TV shows. They say in their journal article, “Their results indicate that contemporary prime-time television fictional series-as compared to the 1992 television fiction images investigated by Pfau et al.- portray physicians as being less competent and less physically attractive, having less regard for others, less interpersonal style, less
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course ENG 101 taught by Professor Ford during the Spring '08 term at Washington University in St. Louis.

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