Cultural Studies and Consumption
5. Account for the role of reality television in reproducing problematic ideas about gender and social class.
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Big Brother, The Apprentice, Laguna Beach and the X Factor are all examples of reality television shows. Despite the huge development of the Internet, television still plays an important role in the lives of many people in contemporary society. In a short period of time, the new program formats of reality television have made successful inroads and became an undeniable part of the television system (Mast, 2003) The fact that reality TV shows never fail to attract and tempt their broad audience cannot be denied. What these shows have in common is that they show real life situations that many people can relate to. In this essay I will seek to outline the role of reality television in reproducing problematic ideas about gender and social class. Firstly, the role of media in society will be covered with emphasis on reality television. Also, the advantages of reality TV as opposed to other forms of television will be handled. Secondly, reality television as a false portrayal of society will be issued alongside the problematic ideas that it generates about gender and social class.
The media is everywhere in society and plays a key role. From the shows watched on television, the music listened to on the computer, the books and newspapers being read every single day. It plays a huge role in society as it offers a source of information. And the flow of information is of great importance for the development of communities. The media facilitates this development. If there was no media, the people in society would be more isolated. Not only from the rest of the world, but from governments, and neighbouring cities (The University of the West Indies, n.d.) The media shapes the beliefs and opinions of people and without a wide series of information, these beliefs and opinions would be limited....