Nowadays, sex and nudity have become regular ingredients of the television programs. Sex scenes and nudity seem to be broadcasted more freely. Programs such as drama, talk shows, reality shows, commercials and other entertainment based programs often contain these two elements. The first part of this essay focuses on how sex and nudity became a trend in television programming. The second part focuses on how sex and nudity in television are said to be bad influences to our society especially teenagers. The last part of the essay explains how ratings and parental control are believed to be the solutions of these problems.
Many researches found that “sex sells” on television. Many TV commercials began to offer the promise of “sexual experience” if you buy the sponsor’s product. Take Paris Hilton for instance. Her 30- second appearance in a Carl’s Jr. “That’s Hot” spicy BBQ burger campaign is turning heads. Wearing a revealing swimsuit, she seductively washes a black Bentley automobile. In the middle, Paris pulls out a hefty Carl's Jr. Hamburger which she intensely devours on camera. This commercial is intended for adolescent male as target audience.
There are many other surveys that have been carried out in order to once again prove that “sex really sells” on television. These surveys have shown that not only are parents increasingly concerned about how exposure to sexual content is affecting their children, but even adults are turned-off by the excessive sex on TV. It seems that the major broadcast networks are learning that with respect to sexual content at least, less is more. Some of the major networks are replacing programs which contain too much sex and nudity contents with more family-friendly offerings. The trend is changing. The most watched television programs today are those programs about families, for family audiences. The broadcast networks are concentrating more on dramas and comedies about moms, dads and their kids. Finally, it has come to a...
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