Ethics And Reality Tv : Should We Really Watch? Essay

1164 Words Sep 3rd, 2014 5 Pages
In the article “Ethics and Reality TV: Should We Really Watch?”, Austin Cline questions the morality and beneficial ethics of reality television while touching on the ruination it has caused on the actual perception and interpretation that society possesses of what “reality” truly is. As this programming has evolved over the years, it has become clear how obvious and staged these so-called “real life events” truly are. One of the first shows created to showcase this kind of entertainment was Candid Camera. Cline touches on this series which was first aired on August 10th, 1948. It remains a mystery how this show was popular for over fifty years. So, how was a TV show that humiliated and scared living human beings so entertaining that it lasted decades? The author states in paragraph 4, page 1, “These reality TV shows would not be made if people did not watch them. So why do they watch them?” Truly, the entertainment industry thrives from the attention they receive, whether it is bad or good. Anything that triggers people to gossip over them is good publicity. Austin states in the very first paragraph, “Although not all reality shows are successful, many do achieve significant popularity and cultural prominence. That does not mean, however, that they are good for society or that they should be aired.” Producers that make this kind of show often tend to manipulate, degrade, demoralize, and unethically portray personas and actions. This brings me to my next issue. As the…

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