August 16, 2012
Violence in Reality TV
Currently, owing to the incredibly speedy growth of the mass media, most families have owned at least one television in the modern life. At their best, the television shows try to entertain large and diverse audiences, and help people understand the events and trends rapidly. Like reality TV shows, which are getting popular nowadays because they show real events happening to real people. At their worst, they can erode the quality of people’s life sometimes and make numerous young audiences less sensitive on tragedies. This fact has raised a question among the public whether the reality TV is pure entertainment, or it makes young viewers numbed. Some people think a little conflict from reality shows will not impact on youths seriously. However, if they are exposed to violent reality TV everyday, the young will lack of empathy for human suffering. Therefore, reality TV is dangerous to young audiences because it will desensitize them to violent behaviors. The more time youngsters spend on violent reality TV, the more cruel they will be. It is evident to witness that these unconventional genre of television programs, like docu-soaps, are prevalent recently. Take Jersey Shore for example, it is an MTV reality TV show that has eight Italian young people who spend their summer together in New Jersey. Yet, it was rank the top one on MTV’s channel. However, there are plenty of verbal and physical violence in it, like punching, bullying or kicking, which are shown though all seasons. Hours and hours exposure from these violent struggles and bloodiness have desensitized teenagers to the interpersonal conflict, or even tragedies caused by the real world around them. Ultimately, the constant violent graphics and scenes impel young audiences to have more desire for brutal and bloody fight. This disturbing appetite leads to youths become more cruel in the real life. According to Rushdie (2001), “ If we are...
Cited: Rushdie, Salman. “Reality TV: A Dearth of Talent and the Death of Morality.” The Blair Reader. Eds. Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell. Boston: Pearson Publishing, 2011. 215-217. Print.
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