Sunday, March 27, 2011
The Disposable Woman
2. a) Reality TV portrays men who behave badly in a similar way to how the media portrays the antics of Charlie Sheen. When guys on TV get drunk and treat women badly, it's considered a joke. The media tells us that it's normal for men to act this way, and that their actions are simply funny. They also condone this message by showing their out of control lifestyle, and then never showing the consequences of it, teaching men that if they act outlandishly, there's no punishment for that in our society.
4. b) I definitely agree that this is a problem. Reality TV producers, and the media in general, see one purpose - money. They focus all their attention and ideas around what will sell, and not what has good quality or messages. With this idea in their head that success is measured monetarily, they are forgetting how many people idolize behaviour seen in the media. Producers need to remember that the public, and the teenage generations especially, are extremely affected by what they see in the media, and that constantly giving us bad ideas will have a long-standing effect on the people we become and the behaviours we exhibit.