Positive Effects of Reality Television on Today's Society
Negative Effects of Reality Television: Emergent Videocast.
Although Zygmunt Bauman’s metaphorical application of the physical properties of liquids to the cultural world offers an intriguing lens into the breakdown of social structures in the postmodern world, a number of contemporary theorists would dispute his theory. In his work, In the Shadow of the Silent Majorities (1983), for example, Baudrillard suggests that “there has never been anything but simulation of the social and the social relation” (qtd. in Gane 5). In a postmodern world, that is, class structures dissipate into second order simulacra (simulations that no longer have a referent), remaining behind only as artificial representations, the hollow artifice of a bygone era. Baudrillard’s assertion engenders significant questions regarding the ability of social theories to illuminate the social structures that define contemporary society. A similar question overshadows my project: can social theory be useful in mining the effects of reality television on the evolving American perceptions of class?
Effects of Reality Television--With Dr Blank!
This study is designed to examine the effects of reality television and alcohol-related beliefs and behaviors of Hispanic college students (N = 285). Reality television is a new form of media that is gaining popularity and provides increased exposure to glamorized alcohol use. There is a lack of research studies focused on the impact that reality television has on Hispanic college students' behaviors and beliefs towards alcohol consumption. This study surveyed 286 Hispanic college students at a southwest university using the Hispanic Alcohol Use and Reality TV (HA URT) survey. The majority of participants agreed that reality TV encourages college students' alcohol consumption and overwhelmingly agreed that reality TV depicted alcohol consumption as glamorous with far fewer recognizing any depiction of negative consequences.
, , , , , , . The effects of reality television on weight bias: An examination of The Biggest Loser. Obesity (2012); 20 5, 993–998. doi:10.1038/oby.2011.378Reality Television is a genre that is growing exponentially. Black women have been more prominent, yet Black men consistently are gaining exposure. Preachers of L.A. and its upcoming spin-off Preachers of Detroit, Love & Hip Hop and all its many spin-offs, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, plus a plethora of other reality shows have provided Black men with an opportunity to become reality TV stars. However, the discussion of Black men in reality TV has existed on the periphery of scholarship. Their portrayal garners national attention as evidenced by petitions to prevent the airing of All My Babies’ Mamas, which featured Shawty Low and the 10 mothers of his 11 children. This show, like many others, made scholars glaringly aware of the need to expand the conversation on the representation of Black men in the genre. The central aim of the book is not to argue for or against Black reality television; rather, the goal is to inspire a more nuanced and scholarly discussion of the effects of reality television on the image of Black men in society.