media FINAL - Comm 100W K Williams The Good the Bad and the...

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Comm 100W K Williams 5/2/08 The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Reality of TV It is time for a reality check on reality television. The obsession with reality television is overwhelming, and nearly every television broadcasting system has included one or more reality shows to their agenda. You can say good-bye to good old fashion entertainment because these reality shows have even taken over primetime. It is impossible to keep track of all the different programs, let alone watch them. With this in mind, I have come to understand that most of what is on television is supposed to be fun and games, and strictly entertainment. On the other hand, many of these shows convey various messages that can be interpreted as positive and negative. Once I have demonstrated a clear understanding of certain programs, I will expose the good, the bad, and the ugly of such programs based on some of the network’s most viewed shows beginning with “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”, then the “American Idol,” and finally the “Moment of Truth.” I intend on exploring how the media forms in the United States and shapes our society. I will address much of the harm caused by the media and the pitfalls which coincide with the new fad of reality television. In my analysis, I shall include my personal criticism negative connotations associated with reality television. The Good With all the success of reality TV programming, nothing held producers back from pursuing new ideas for the next big show. The face of reality television is hard to depict because it comes in so many different formats. We were used to game shows like Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, which have now paved the way to games like “Who 1
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Wants to be a Millionaire?”, “Are You Smarter than a 5 th Grader?”, and “Deal or No Deal.” The one thing these shows have in common is there are cash prizes for contestants. Another format of reality TV is a documentary style, which educate about people and their lifestyles on the job, for example the show “Cops.” Reality got even more personal when it began making shows on human relations like ABC’s “Wife Swap”, MTV’s “The Real World”, and NBC’s “Survivor.” Other reality shows take the form of a contest in which contestants compete for a significant spot like “America’s Next Top Model”, or the ever so popular, “American Idol.” All of the shows have one goal, which is to increase ratings and get more viewers. The only way for a show to be able to live up to the producers’ expectations is to meet the viewers’ expectation of entertainment. When entrainment is the primary goal, producers must aim and target viewers with a new approach. In 2007, Michael Hirschorn wrote, “The current boom may be a product of the changing economics of the television business, but reality TV is also the liveliest genre on the set right now. It has engaged hot-button cultural issues — class, sex, race — that respectable television, including the august CBS Evening News, rarely
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