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Priyanka Kochhar 3/2/03 Professor Lipnick Paper 2 The Influence of Television When looking at television and how it impacts our daily lives one can see the psychological, social and interpersonal affects it has on society. Television gives off certain images and representations of people and how they live in accordance to the environment around them. With this in mind, it is justifiable to say that television creates a sense of stereotype and interpretation of how society should run. The biggest influence television has on our values, beliefs and behaviors is the way we view and set standards towards one another through what is shown on the screen. We are victims of thinking and acting a certain way based on how it is presented to us. There are different programs on television that give us insight to the various parts of society. Reality shows, talk shows and soap operas all possess a certain ideology about society and the way it should be. They are a part of television that influences how we see and interpret things as well as how we think, act, and live in relation to one another. Reality shows are televised programs that are not scripted, not preplanned, and do not have professional actors. All members of these types of shows work towards a particular goal or purpose and spend the entire show aiming for that success. ...read more.


An elder woman watching this show might stereotype against young teens in today's generation thinking how they do not have any belief system of what is right or wrong, they are crazy and uncontrollable, and much more. She might feel discontent such groups of people. Also, you see the high ratings these television shows get and how society desires such entertainment. It tells you that viewers and how they are nosy and want to know everything that is going on everyone else's lives. It also shows you how we want to feel better about ourselves when we watch these shows and are thankful that we are not like the "psychotic" people on television. However, they fail to realize that the people on television are the people in every-day society. In addition, it provides no limits for what should be considered private problems and what is visible to the whole public community. In the article, "Talk Shows Lost Potential" written by Anderson you see his views about this fight between private vs. public. He states, "No revelation, confession, or disclosure is so personal that it cannot be exposed by a talk-show host. In the atmosphere of total exposure, no secrets are allowed" showing the disregard to what should be kept within personal boundaries and what should be shown to society.1 Hence, talk shows are a doorway to the way our society really is and how the people in such a society really are. ...read more.


Today, children might feel that if a boy does not call you that is far more problematic that being unable to finish school work. Television is not showing the issues that are important to children in society and is causing them to think differently. The quote, "Television communicates the same information to everyone ...regardless of age, sex, level of education or life experience....television eliminates many of the important ways that we distinguish between childhood and children." 3proves the notion that children are losing their childhood and becoming unaware of the important issues of society. Overall, television influences our attitudes, behaviors and belief system by the way it presents our society on screen causing us to act, think and be the way television presents us individuals. Reality shows, Talk Shows, and Soap Operas all contribute to such a vicious cycle preventing us from seeing the real truth in our society and what is considered important or not. They reveal the effects it has on every person in society either being a poor man, a rich man, a child, a woman, etc. and the expectations in all of us. Television shows every persons role in society and causes all members of society to think certain values and the way we interact with one another. 1 Talk Shows Lost Potential. Anderson. Page 160. Paragraph 3. 2 Soaps Day and Night. Ronald Berman. Page 206. Paragraph 2. 3 TV's "Disastrous" Impact on Children. Neil Postman. Page 122. Paragraph 9. ...read more.

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