• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Media Studies- What do you find irritating about a certain media text?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

What do you find irritating about a certain media text? A media text that I find quite irritating is the reality television programme "Big Brother". This programme has become something of a phenomenon since it began in the Netherlands in 1999, spreading throughout various countries - normally a series or two each year. The show is based around a number of contestants who are isolated from the outside world in a "Big Brother House" one by one being eliminated until there is an ultimate winner. The show relies on its vast audience to vote for whom they would like to be eliminated from the house each week. It is this huge response that the producers receive each year that keeps the show running, however over the years, this huge following has resulted in each contestant only applying for the show because of the quick rise to fame that follows after the show ends, and according to the Learning and Skills Council; "one in seven UK teenagers hope to gain fame by appearing on reality television". ...read more.

Middle

One example of this would be the fifth series of 'Celebrity Big Brother" (a spin off show of "Big Brother" containing contestants of a small celebrity status) which took place in January 2007, where a row sparked by racial comments towards Asian contestant Shilpa Shetty was heard around the world. Channel 4 stated that they received a record number of complaints citing racial bullying, and blamed producers for not intervening with the situation. The current prime minister Gordon Brown was hounded by the media to give his views on the incident, which one may find incredibly absurd, as it seems we live in a world where a television programme has more priority than important political affairs. The reaction in Shetty's native country, India, was also incredibly shocking as citizens took to the streets of India and burned effigies of the show's organisers. After this huge and rather outrageous reaction, many protested that "Big Brother" should be axed from Channel 4 and a new series should not return, however this is not happen and "Big Brother" returned in the summer for an eighth series. ...read more.

Conclusion

The media (magazines, newspapers etc.) observe this fascination and fuel it with articles that ridicule certain contestants to pass them up to the public for furthermore analysing and examination. However, the scrutiny of certain individuals on the show does not seem fair in my opinion, but the show has become so widespread it is now a known fact that any person that enters the house is aware that the media will ridicule their lifestyle. Screenwriter Sheryl Longin stated "the difference to the brain between watching reality television and scripted drama is like the difference to our vision between High Definition television and 1970's quality video". In my opinion this is incredibly unfortunate as television is being dominated by these reality television shows due to our obsession with other people's lives, which has reached a boiling point and shows such as "Big Brother" only fuel this fixation. Nevertheless, institutions will continue to produce reality television programmes like "Big Brother" as long as there is an audience to consume them. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Television section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Television essays

  1. The Truman Show

    and showing the results to a world, even if it was done so in a more humane way at least they would be game show contestants and wouldn't be oblivious to the fact they were being shown to the world without their consent.

  2. How crime is represented in the Media

    little editing, the reconstruction happens very fast and realistic, with fast different camera angle throughout the reconstruction. This makes it very believable for the audience and this can have bad effects on viewers. Sometimes realistic violent reconstructions can be influencing to some audiences.

  1. "Modern Public life could not exist or function properly without the Media"

    By public sphere we mean any activities that occur in the public eye or that is brought to the attention of the public through the media. Habermas argues that the original public spheres originated with the early Bourgeois movement in the tea houses, libraries and reading societies in England.

  2. Elections and Media

    An example of this can bee seen in Source B, by Hart and Triece, where it states that Bill Clinton showed his boxers on MTV because he believed that was what the audience was looking for in order to support him as president.

  1. Comparison media essay

    This appeals to the audience as the idea of "foreign" people interests them. The camera shots used in the opening scene of this programme, like "The Simpsons", contains mostly mid-range shots but some close-ups of the characters faces too. "Futurama" ,"The Simpsons" and "Family guy" are two great programmes, which

  2. The Effect of Censorship on the Media in Pakistan.

    Kellner wrote this book in American perspective but I will try to analyze and explain the Pakistani Media (TV, Film and advertisements) in the decade of 1980s and later. In the history of Pakistani media, significant events were/are connected with political situation in country.

  1. Media Studies - mass communication revision notes.

    - Dr. John Gottman's theory of why people separate in a relationship. a) Someone is critical of the other (criticism) b) defensiveness - using excuses c) Contempt - being mean, calling your girlfriend or boyfriend bad names, sarcasm, ridicule d)

  2. Research methods in the media industry.

    On the plus side secondary research is significantly cheaper and faster process to use since the information has been completed for you already by someone else. Detailed look at a few the secondary research techniques The most common practice

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work