Debate Paper, Against Reality Television

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Project- Reality Television

Arguing against reality TV

Reality Television, a lot of words come to mind at the mere mention of the phrase; many of those responses are either positive or negative. Everyone in modern society has something to say about reality television. And of course why wouldn’t they? Reality TV has been around for a long time, and it would be unwise of me to believe that it will be going anywhere other than to its faithful viewers. Today I will discuss reality television as a negative stand point in our modern society. In terms of the value of entertainment, modern culture, and basic ethics of today; where I believe our society, and the society of other countries have put too much effort in making reality television what it is today.
Professionals against reality tv:
It is nonsense to say that broadcasters shouldn't set standards or be obliged to adhere to codes ...view middle of the document...

This makes it the modern equivalent of going to laugh at the lunatics in Bedlam. The present row over racism on Big Brother shows how nasty it can be.
It exploits the vulnerable, and has been condemned by the Mental Health Foundation for doing so.
Personal experiences:
Friend of mine mentioned watching it for the outrageous characters/ drama involved.
Kids at the store referencing vulgar quotes from certain shows.
Know someone who is affect by reality tv.

In conclusion, reality Television is a form of exploitative entertainment that hides under the illusion that it teaches a lesson. There may have been a time when that was true, but people don’t seem to realize that in order to send the message the methods used are at the expense of others. There is more than one way to go about certain situations; I believe going about them publically is not the answer. I’ve never had any interest in watching the humiliation of others, because we as a race have plenty to be humiliated about. Do I believe the support of reality television should be halted; in truth, yes. At most reality television is a fad, plain and simple.

Arguments for reality tv:
We live in an age of mass culture. More people read tabloids than the broadsheets, and reality TV is a fair reflection of this.

Elitism is out of date. People are no longer willing to accept only what broadcasters think is good for them. There is nothing wrong in giving people what they want.

It is intrinsically fascinating to see how people speak and behave in unusual situations. This is why many intelligent people find themselves gripped by Big Brother and other reality shows. They teach us something about human nature and so broaden our experience.

If we believe in freedom and free speech, then we have to accept reality TV as an expression of popular and democratic taste. Nobody is compelled to appear in reality TV programmes, or indeed to watch them.
Reality TV is harmless fun. Only pompous people and snobs condemn it.

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