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Television and the distortion of reality

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Television and the distortion of reality TV in today's society often distorts our view of the world and its reality. This often happens when people start to relate to everything they see to be real, or "Written in Stone," as some may say. Hopefully at the end of this article you will look at television a little more unrealistic than realistic. When looking at this subject, it is easiest to break it down into six categories, which are derived from cultural critic George Gerbner's research: Sex, age, race, work, health, and crime. (Waters 166.) The most common role in the sex category is the way the family is portrayed. The perfect example is the show the Wonder Years. It is often portrayed as the way families were set up in through out the fifty's and sixties. There is the male, father, and man of the house. He is expected to be in charge. ...read more.


Inter-racial marriages, in my opinion, are often one of the biggest issues brought up. With this you can see how the categories are often inter-tangled. For example: An average white American teenager falls in love with an African American. Chances are she will tell mom, but will not tell dad, because she fears what he will do. Usually in the end he will find out and probably end in some sort of violence. The fourth category is work. This category is probably the most distorting of American society, but also the one most people can relate to. How often do you see a guy going to work in a mill, factory, or plant? It's usually a nine to five office job. They still sometimes complain about money, but then they dish it out like they are "Printing it in the basement." They have a big nice house, new car, and the latest cloths. ...read more.


Take into consideration what has just happened in our own country with the World trade center, Pentagon, and Summerset. If you would have went to a writer or producer with this story line, he would have turned it into a Blockbuster hit. What about a little kid who has seen Independence Day or Armageddon? Now he or she is watching the news. How is he or she supposed to determine the difference between real and fiction? Should we really let them find out on their own? In closing, I hope the next time you sit down to watch a television show you will recall this article and take just a little different approach to the show. Remember the kid called TV Mike on Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Imagine if there is a kid in the world today like that today. I sure don't want to meet him. What do you think he will turn out to be like? You be the judge of how you want your kids or even yourself to grow up and live in this world. ...read more.

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