@CabezaMan"To Hutterite: Coming from a media background, I can
tell you that television programming is designed to program the consumer.
It's called socialization."Spent some time in the industry
myself in Hollywood some years back. I believe you're wrong outside of
product marketing. Shows, pilots, etc. are designed to fill the demand from the
audience. If millions of teeny boppers will watch Jersey Shore, regardless of
the content of the show and any social motives you have, the show will flourish
and keep getting picked up season after season.It's just
business. "Leave it to Beaver" shows will not get watched anymore and
that's why theirs no air-time. Just like stand up comedy ... over time
we've pushed the barrier on language and content. That wasn't the
media pushing it on us .... we pushed it on the media.A long time
ago I was speaking with an African American fellow who was training me on the
job. I asked him about rap music and all the killing, drugs, and disrespect for
woman (at the time). He said simply .... that's what sells. And the same with tv programming .... whatever sells.
To Hutterite: Coming from a media background, I can tell you that television
programming is designed to program the consumer. It's called socialization.
TV and Movie producers have known for decades the power of the big and little
screen for altering our perceptions towards products they want sold and for
shaping our concept of reality, including our understanding of how the world
works and how we interact. The media, once thought to be the protector of
freedom and liberty, the guardian of free thought, has become the greatest
perpetrator of social manipulation and the "point man" in the
destruction of our society. The fact that we continue to slide down the slippery
slope at an increasing angle of decline and velocity, is symptomatic of our
willingness to be led like sheep to the slaughter. The answer is not to
sacrifice our 1st amendment rights, but we can exercise our rights to be more
discretionary in our viewing selections. BTW, I can't stand
"reality" television. It's so unreal.
As I read this my 25 year old daughter is tuned into The Kardashians, an episode
titled "Momager"(fights with the K clan Mom?). My daughters husband
said to me that he is sad that she compares herself to others and is not happy
with what they have in life. I wonder how much of this has to do with seeing
reality TV? It's all status. Clothes. Cars. Fame. Makeup. Plastic
surgery. Being famous for nothing more than being a reality star. Of course
she's not happy with average life when she compares the fake wealth/fame of
JErsey Shore, Model shows, The Bachelor, etc. As for The Bachelor, I have
always been one to believe in girl power and I see nothing with 20+ contestants
vying for 1 man and perhaps a dip in a hot tub. I wonder what I've done
wrong as a mother, to have a daughter so caught up in reality tv & unhappy
with her life circumstance. She is a college grad and we always tried to
encourage education. It's frightening how much influence these shows have.
bigv56: your so right, get over the fairy tale and grow up already!
Any girl who watches these shows and thinks they have anything to do with
reality is an airhead who doesn't deserve a sense of self. How is this
reality, get over the fairy tale view of life and grow up.
There are plenty of ways to be socially aware without watching t.v. No, not
everything on t.v. is junk, but a very high percentage of it seems to be. When I
see ads for t.v. shows I usually find myself asking "Who watches this
stuff?" Plenty of people get sucked in, and I agree with the article - young
girls and women who get sucked in are negatively affected. It's sad.
So called 'reality' tv is doing more harm to society than just to
girls' seteem, but I'm not sure if it isn't more of a symptom
than a cause. Either way, it's rubbish that shouldn't be allowed to
perpetuate but there it is...
Some of the least socially aware people I have ever met don't own TVs. Not
everything on TV is junk.
What I dislike about these kind of articles is that they imply that people
should be entitled to hours of mindless entertainment that somehow doesn't
warp your perception of reality. You know, you could just stop watching it at
any time and find something better to do, or get rid of it all together (heaven
forbid). Some of the most intelligent and respectable people I have ever met
don't (gasp) own TVs.
BMLT, are you for real? The show gives permission for the picture. Asking
Deseret News to say they are sorry is really tacky. Those people agreed to go
on the show so their pictures will be shown for better or worse. I agree with
what people say you have to be crazy to go on that show. I understand that
Tessa went on it for fun so I don't think that she cares. It does give a
bad example of self image and love. Turn off the TV and read a book or at least
watch something that will nourish your mind not pickle it.
I agree with Red Headed Stranger. My daughters aren't affected by these
programs because we don't watch them. There are many better things to do
than watch the vast majority of TV shows.
@BMLT'The Bachelor' is kind of what's wrong with
things right now. There must be at least 20 other T.V. shows that are better
and at least 1000 other books that would be better still. 'The
Bachelor' is sleazy.
@BMLTAre you serious? I don't care how smart these women are.
Going on The Bachelor to find a husband is about the silliest thing I've
ever seen. And when I see some unattractive people on this show...well, I have
to say atl134 is right on this.
Was John Carter a best selling book (series)?
Best way to fix this problem? Don't watch reality TV. Better yet,
don't watch TV. You will have a lot more time and will likely be in better
shape and smarter. Don't let marketing executives in New York and Los
Angeles tell you what to think or buy. Life is hard and hectic enough as it is.
@BMLTYou think the Bachelor doesn't use attractiveness as a
Just need to post this , not cool to use this photo of Andy/Tessa in The
Bachelor to illustrate your article. The ladies of this particular show have
gone on to become successful doctors, lawyers and for Tessa,a
doctorate......having their own families and really lasting friendships with
each other for most of the ladies as well. Just an honest opinion.....you could
have used another one of the show you blog about. Maybe donate o a charity of
those 3 individuals would be commendable as a sorry! Thank you!