An update to two previous postings:
Recently it has come to light that two separate tv genre are not really what they seem to be. I mention this because several weeks ago cONTEMPORARY mUSINGS commented on two of those aspects of television in particular. One posting, “The Men (and Women) Who Cry Wolf” about tv news and the other, “Fear Factors and Reality TV Shows.” Both topics were criticized recently by other credible media outlets and I believe justifiably so.
IS IT NEWS OR THEATRE?
First, The Men (and Women) Who Cry Wolf. In the Reader’s Digest June 2012 edition there was a huge section titled “That’s Outrageous!” One section of the piece dealt with the news media and was titled “The Overreaction: Over Eager Newscasts Jump to Conclusions” and how the news media loves to blow things out of proportion to catch and hold the public’s attention; basically what was said in the above mentioned posting on March 9, 2012. Once again I say “DUH!”
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Second, Fear Factors and Reality TV Shows, posted May 6, 2012. In this posting I talked about how these types of shows are probably manipulated to achieve the best outcome for the producers and ultimately the unsuspecting viewing public. Well, once again, just recently, it was revealed by a reporter for the Yahoo! Contributor Network that HGTV (Home and Garden TV) “kind of” manipulates one of their reality shows, House Hunters, to yes, facilitate the outcome. House Hunters supposedly chronicles the steps and processes that prospective home buyers go through, including looking at three possible choices, prior to making their final decision.
The story titled “House Hunters’ Not Real? That’s Why We Watch” talked about how home buyers/owners really had all of the things done, including already owning the house showcased in the final cut, prior to the program being recorded. And we thought that the poor couple was under the gun and vexed by all the decisions that went with choosing and buying their dream castle. NOT!!!! A similar story appeared on msn.com/realestate .
TRUTH, JUSTICE AND THE TELEVISION WAY
I guess if we, the viewing public, were to develop a greater sense of skepticism when watching tv, it wouldn’t be so bad. What I guess we have to do is take everything we see on tv with the proverbial grain of salt. Just like when we see something on the internet. Just because it’s on the net, doesn’t make it true. I know that’s hard to believe, but it’s gospel folks, trust me.
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