“Women’s Response to Sex-as-Power Imagery on Popular Reality TV Programming”
Discusses the issues where it is impossible to turn on the tv, go to the movies or watches a “so called reality tv show” without encountering sexualizing of women. They discuss the issue where, especially young women get influenced by other women in reality tv-shows express their sexuality; whereas the more confronting you are, the more empowering you become. Overt sex as-power imagery is conceptualized as women’s use of their bodies and sexuality as a primary means of gaining attention, monetary rewards, power and success. This is one of the dominant forms of sexual agency available to women in the mass media and is increasingly prevalent on popular reality TV shows. So, for many girls, relying on media as a sexual guide is an iffy business: media imagery can be disheartening, anxiety-producing, stressful, and disorienting.
It is a collaboration written by women, having their say in how the women in reality tv shows are being conceived. It is a dissertation which points out important and often overseen, or overlooked issues that comes up in reality television show; openly sexual women. Discussed is how audience is looking at the women being empowering and successful by being overly sexual. The biggest issue being brought up is how audiences get influenced, especially young girls to act as the women on the tv shows. They bring up a few good examples; “the girl next door”, which is a tv show about Hugh Hefner’s playmates, and how they reached success by getting their breasts done and strip off in front of the camera. The dissertation is relative in the form where girls/women don’t really realize or think about the consequences of using sex-as-power to get ahead of their career.
I found the dissertation mentioned above to be really helpful as I am writing on the ethical issue when it comes to reality tv. I hadn’t even thought about the gender issue and all of the reality tv shows which is about women who uses/used sex-as-power as a tool to get ahead. I read it and it opened my eyes and made me think in the terms of how the audience gets influenced by reality tv shows, and how often the audience form a relationship with the contestants in the particular show. The dissertation made me investigate further in to the matter, especially being a girl myself, I find it interesting to learn more about how much we really look up to and get influenced by women in reality television shows.
“REMODELING TV TALENT: PARTICIPATION AND PERFORMANCE IN MTV’S REAL WORLD FRANCHISE” By Hugh Phillips Curnutt
This dissertation calls attention to the new manner in which reality TV’s representational logic and industrial deployment uniquely situates viewer and participant in a shared space of labour. It all depends on the participant’s performance and the audience’s opinion. He indicates that some of the ways reality TV’s construction of celebrity has altered the economic and performative regimes that have traditionally structured television stardom. He points out how and why the cast in the reality show has been chosen for the particular tv-show.
Hugh is pointing out that we look at reality tv cast as someone who is being their natural selves in an unnatural setting; in front of the camera. He explains that the more natural you seem to be, the more supporters you’ll get from viewers. And it all makes a lot of sense, but then again, for all we know, perhaps the guys working on the post-production got a clear message from the directors to make it look like one is being completely honest, and the other person seem like their nothing but lies and awkwardness. I do think that the more down to earth and “real” you are in front of the camera, the more “real” it becomes for the viewer, even though we know that most of it is set-up, there is still a fine line between it being genuinely than it is being edited to provoke people.
How can I use it? :
It is a good dissertation when it comes to the information about the cast and how they pick the cast out of the crowd. It would definitely fit right in to my case study where I’ll investigate how the tv-shows lure the audience in and make the audience believe in what is being said and done on the tv.
“The People’s Law versus Judge Judy Justice: Two Models of Law in American Reality-Based Courtroom TV” By Steven A. Kohm
The essay examines the popular American daytime courtroom programs Judge Judy and People’s Court and comparatively analyzes two distinct models of law and justice developed in these shows. Using the techniques of qualitative media analysis, he argues that Judge Judy represents a shift in the way popular culture imagines the role of law in the lives of ordinary people. This shift accords with neoliberal notions of governance and individual self-responsibility for protection against risk. Conversely, People’s Court represents an older, liberal-legal model of law that emphasizes individual rights, public participation in the court process, and due process. By demonstrating the supersession of Judge Judy justice over that of People’s Court, he argue that this shift in the way law is imagined in American popular culture signals wider shifts in American and indeed international attitudes toward the law in our everyday lives.
In the essay he argues that people now-a day’s look at the television courtroom for legal solutions for their own personal troubles. To suggest that this process is experienced as somehow less real than the actual American legal system is to overlook the significance of reality television in constructing popular legal culture. For viewers of programs such as Judge Judy and People’s Court, these shows provide a window into the civil legal process and a vantage point from which to judge the legal troubles of others and the solutions proposed by the TV judges. Doing my project on rality tv, Judge Judy would be the last show that I would think about being a reality tv-show, I think that h somehow take it all a bit too far. But then again, I do not live in America; perhaps some do rely on the facts coming from the Judge Judy to be actual facts.
How can I use it?:
Even though I love to watch Judge Judy in the afternoons, I am very certain that I won’t be using this essay as a reference in my project. It is not relevant to what I am doing; I thought I might be when I saw the headline, but reading through 1/3 I don’t think it really applies to the reflection of Australian culture.
Reality TV `Fat Camp’ under fire: by Sophie Erlsworth
A new fat-fighting reality TV program focusing on childhood obesity is “potentially dangerous”, the Australian Childhood Foundation has claimed. Chief executive Joe Tucci questioned the ethics of showing Teen Fat Camp, which reveals the serious problems faced by six young and obese contestants. They fight dramatic weight problems and travel to the U.S. to take part in the gruelling fat camp in a desperate attempt to shed excess kilograms.
They describe the new reality tv show as “potentially dangerous” and harm full as the contestants/participants in the show is teenagers, not adults like in the biggest looser. They explain how the participants suffer from low self-esteem and seem to be fragile and vulnerable. The short text doesn’t describe much more or go deeper into the issue than just letting us know that it’s mostly ethically wrong.
How can I use it? :
As a show that’s due to come on air later on this year, it won’t do much good for research for the project, even though, just reading about it, it sounds like a worse version of the Biggest Looser, which I’ve already thought about doing my case study on. I will try to get more information about the show “fat camp” to get to bottom of the more extreme weight loss shows, but I am afraid it would be rather hard.
COYOTE UGLY® LIBRARIAN: A PARTICIPANT OBSERVER EXAMINATION OF
KNOWLEDGE CONSTRUCTION IN REALITY TV
Haley K. Holmes, B.A., M.A.
Asking one question: how real is reality tv? Reality TV is the most popular genre on television today. According to Wikipedia, an online encyclopedia written by the public, “reality television is a genre of television programming which presents supposedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and features ordinary people instead of professional actors. He is investigating the matter; does it matter if it’s real or not?
The essay goes to the core of reality tv, asking bluntly if it matter if reality tv is real or not. He investigate further into the meaning behind the phrase ‘reality tv’. Holmes pinpoints how audiences want to see ordinary people react to unusual circumstances without the use of scripts, by using a survey he investigate how authentic viewers find reality tv, and concludes with that is must be done more so viewers doesn’t get misinformed.
How can I use it?
Holmes has basically pinpointed the issues I am going to be bringing up in my casestudy; Is reality tv morally and ethically correct for the viewer? Are audiences being misinformed? How real does the audiences really find reality tv? If a tv-show is presented as a reality show, does the audience take is as historical facts? I will be using this article a fair bit for my research in the future.
“Emotional Awerness: Using Reality Television as a Tool for Popular Education” , by Bonnie Maureen Bennet
Despite being dismissed as low brow, nonsensical and a cheap form of entertainment, the present cultural phenomenon of reality television reveals a shared space where people are exposing more personalized, emotional aspects of themselves than typically seen in other genres of television programming or areas of contemporary public life. This recent trend of reality TV is both heightening and challenging many of the long-standing ethical debates over the boundaries between public and private, individual and collective as well as rational and emotional experience and needs to be considered within a pedagogical context. The study explored reality television’s position as a means of popular education, while attending to a broader social context of changing media and corresponding cultural shifts.
He/she argues that cheap entertainment as reality tv is challenging the boundaries between public and private, individual and collective, as well as rational and irrational experience. Her thesis explores how the personalised and emotional elements of reality television programming offer ordinary people an opportunity to externalise their personal self and emotional experiences in the public realm. The thesis is well argued and written. Her arguments are well supported by her references, and she really points out how participants and audiences are to a degree being fooled by the authenticity of reality tv.
How can I use it?
Focusing on “relationships” between participants and viewers, I think the thesis will come in good hand. As she explains, there is some invisible “bond” between participants and viewers; participants giving the viewers what they think they want and need, and viewers forming a relationship to the participant, whether good or bad.
“The rhetoric of the real: Audience responses to reality-based television”
Getz, Glenn Charles
This study investigates the meanings of reality-based television programming, shows that depend on the characters, conflicts, and drama of actual events to fascinate, horrify, titillate, and entertain audiences. Employing approaches from rhetorical and cultural studies, the thesis examines the definition of this form of vernacular culture and identifies two different types of reality-based programs: the re-enactment show and the actuality show. The study attempts to bring cultural approaches into rhetorical scholarship by arguing that a theory centred on reception will be beneficial. It is argued that rhetoricians of past and present often neglect audiences by ignoring, redefining, or constructing them without reference to how they actually experience messages.
Argues that News-Tv used to be able to compete with any other television show broadcasted during the tv prime time. But reality-tv programs have ‘become staple food for American television consumption’ His research and comparison between reality based tv and actual factual shows is through and shows how the audience somehow have mixed up the two of them.
How can I use it?
Again, I am focusing on the audience reception of reality tv, but I am not quite sure if this is the path I want to choose. Maybe if I can angle it the way that I can further investigate on the matter how the producers choose to produce their reality shows the article could be a good source for material.