Reality Tv-The Moral Dilemma

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Reality Television-The Moral Dilemma Reality television is a genre of programming that follows the lives or real people in real situations. Although, since the early 80s’ there has been this kind of television programming, it has only been in the last several years that reality tv has had it’s greatest success, and it is becoming nearly impossible to avoid. James Poniewozik says, in his article, “Why Reality TV is Good for us”, “it is the best thing to happen to television in several years”, or is it? We see it on our television sets and talk about it at our jobs. We discuss it with our hairdressers and even standing in the grocery isle. All of us are discussing what happened on the tube the night before – and it’s not, World News Tonight, we’re all talking about. Rather, it’s who is cheating on their spouse on “Temptation Island”, or who’s stabbing who in the back on, “Survivor”. Reality tv seems to be giving viewers more and more insight on how to be greedy, prideful, lazy, lustful, envious, and angry. But do these reality shows serve to illuminate aspects of human character that otherwise should be obscured; like how far down the moral ladder are we willing to go for a million dollars? To get a better understanding of what standards of “moral behavior” are, let’s looks at philosopher Bernard Gert, of Dartmouth’s Stone. Gert says in his book Common Morality, that there are ten rules of morality, the first of which are, “don’t kill, don’t cause pain, don’t disable, don’t cause loss of freedom, and don’t deprive of pleasure”. The second five are “moral social,” and they are, “don’t deceive, keep your promises, don’t cheat, obey the law, and do your duty as required by
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