Jerry Springer and Kilroy. Both are chat shows talking about issues of people and to an extent both try to resolve the issues put forward in front of the nation watching.

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Yaseen Alarakhia



Jerry Springer and Kilroy. Both are chat shows talking about issues of people and to an extent both try to resolve the issues put forward in front of the nation watching.

The one main difference between the two is where they are situated. Jerry Springer is located in the United States whereas Kilroy is in Britain. Because of this the numbers of those watching the program varies, with Jerry Springer’s numbers being a lot greater and also it is programmed in other countries, which helps numbers whereas Kilroy is dedicated to United Kingdom only.

When Jerry’s show commences it gives you a sudden sense of feeling of being not as high as him. The audience in the show are clapping and an idea of Jerry having power is put over as soon as the show starts. Also contributing to this issue is having Jerry’s name written all over the walls and space being provided for Jerry Springer to walk uninterruptedly. When the show begins, people on their feet cheering away, clapping, screaming and making gestures all add up to tension that Jerry Springer has in his control, which the crowd are eager to see. Again, this gives the impression of Jerry being a leader, being the powerful one in the audience’s eyes. In contrast to this, when Kilroy's program begins, it shows Kilroy himself talking to the guests, giving the impression of equality. The colours of Kilroy’s background and foreground are red and blue. The colour red giving the impression of anger and blue representing peace and tranquillity. Both these colours contrast. Both meanings for these colours too contrast, thus producing the image of a balance between the two. This is emphasised once again with Kilroy being in the centre of the two colours, implying his role, to find a balance in life.

Jerry Springer’s show is deliberately intended to be confrontational whereas Kilroy’s is meant to be issue tackling. Kilroy goes on to talk about a set issue and attempts to go on and find the reason for the issue involved, where it started? how it started? will it end? And is it morally right or wrong? Kilroy’s chat show tackles real life problems such as, abortions and family problems, so as to try an set a path, step by step guide to how to tackle these problems should they ever rise in your own life at some point. In Kilroy, the show focuses on one factor for that episode enabling it to be fully assessed and commented on. This has one major drawback, being that the issue may become tedious/boring. Jerry is a whole different matter. He focuses on a wide and varied set of issues, which would be considered to be more of a “gossip” issue rather than a factual or helpful issue. It talks about issues that are unlikely and are “freak” scenario’s most of the time. Jerry’s issues are more along the lines of things such as “Confessions of a lover” and “I’m really a man” and so on. These factors really are just for adult entertainment purposes, getting in to the “nitty and gritty” as some would say. They take the audiences interest, which is why it attracts so many viewers. Having such obscerd issues is intended to make all of its viewers content with their lives. For an example, one viewer may think to himself, “at least my life isn’t that bad.” The only different part between them, once again, is how long they focus, with Kilroy lasting a whole episode and Jerry moving from one issue to another. This helps as, if the viewer/audience become bored, then soon after another scenario begins, it will re-attract them back in to the show.

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Looking from a civilised point, it is easily able to detect that Kilroy excels in this matter. His shows are more calm, and if begin to get out of hand are halted at his command. In Kilroy there is no violence or bad language whatsoever, whereas in Jerry Springer, chanting and “boo-ing” is the traditional norm of that show. Jerry goes on to make the guests and sometimes the audience feel embarrassed, mocked or ashamed at times, by making quick hard hitting comments such as saying things such as “shall I call you he or she?” or “so do ...

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