THE KARDASHIANS/JENNER FAMILY
This week’s topic in Pop Culture was reality television, yayyyy. I remember watching Jersey Shore, Quiero Mis Quince, Teen Mom, a couple others and my most recent, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Within a few days or maybe weeks my mother, sister and I have watched maybe 100 episodes or a little more. Reading The History of Reality Television, by Madeleine Glouner, Cynthia Flores, and Alexandra Tomback, and Reality TV: A Blessing or A Curse?, by Carolin Lehmann, I do agree with everything they mentioned. I agree that Reality TV’s “exposure to sexual content and strong language gradually alters a consumer’s senses, which makes the use of violence and sexual references more acceptable (Lehmann).” As a consumer myself I know that I have caught on to certain phrases or foul words that are said on the shows that I watch. I am sure that I am not the only one. For children whose parents watch Reality TV and for the children/youth who watch it themselves I do believe that it is easy to fall into portraying and thinking something they see normalized in reality TV is acceptable for them to do or say. The way people refer to woman, treat and are seen is a big example. The word bitch and hoe being a word that is now regularly used. I also agree with what Lehmann mentioned though, you can’t put all the blame on a show/s because music is another way of mass media consumption and foul language and portrayal of woman and males is very graphic and strong. On a more positive outlook on Reality TV is that I also agree with what both Lehmann, Glouner, Flores and Tomback said about it bring attention and informing watchers about issues that happen and are continuously happening. There’s reality shows where homelessness, organizations that help certain issues, disasters, animal cruelty and many more problems that are being showed and addressed. I think this is a very smart way to inform and somewhat educate or plant the seed to become educated in certain issues that are being shown, all while captivating America because it is all somewhat tied to the consumers own reality. (Glouner, Flores and Tomback.) In The History of Reality Television they mention that people watch it because people feel like they can relate to their own lives when it comes to divorce, having an LGBT child or economic issues. Coming from my home, my mother and I, reality is just entertainment. We come together to watch The Kardashians knowing it’s scripted for different reasons but I watch for the drama of someone’s reality because scripted or not it’s their reality to live through and with the script, my mother on the other side doesn’t care much for their life she watches for the scenery. She says she just likes to watch all the beautiful places the show passes and that watching the ridiculousness of their lives is just extra entertainment for her. Reality TV is entertainment, let it be. I like to believe that society as a whole or consumers as individuals are smart enough to believe what is real and what is not, and what affects society positively and what doesn’t. In the end people will believe, watch listen and say what they want to believe, watch, listen and say.
Lehmann, Carolin. (2012). Reality TV: A Blessing Or A Curse? An Analysis of the Influence of Reality TV on U.S. Society.
Glouner, M., Flores, C., & Tomback, A. The History of Reality Television. Retrieved from http://scalar.usc.edu/works/reality-tv/the-history-of-reality-television
In my pop culture class we are discussing the incorporation of advertisement within TV shows and movies. We were to read 2 articles and reflect our thoughts on them so here they go.
As a class we were to all read the article of The Price Is Right by Emily Nussbaum where she discusses the change in advertisement, from when it first started and to what it has come to now. From reading The Price Is Right, I hear from people that they don’t agree with this new form of advertisement because they feel betrayed or that it’s too sneaky. I on the other hand like the way they have found a new way to still advertise and get what each company wants. I believe it is a smart way. In The Price Is Right Nussbaum mentioned that initially ads could only run for 6min per hour and that drastically changed to up to about 14min per hour. The question that this article brought up for me was “Do I rather have the incorporation of advertisement within the shows scripts that I watch or have irrelevant commercials that have nothing to do with what I am watching constantly interrupt the show/movie I’m watching?” I easily came to the conclusion that yes I’d rather have this form of advertisement that is now implemented. The world we live in is full of advertisement, we are pieces of walking advertisement. We acknowledge each others shoes, clothes, nails, hair, make up and whether we like it or not we are advertising to each other what we use and where without even trying. So why not put up with it in the shows/movies we watch when they fit into the script rather than have to be abruptly interrupted ever few minutes into what you are watching. That was what I got from that reading, now what are your thoughts?
For my second article I read The Downside of Measuring the Social Impact of Documentary Films by Alison Byrne Fields. The article goes on talking about the impact films create for viewers and film creates to become involved in some sort of social issue that the films touch on. In the article a really good example was given about how people seem to have a bigger impact on trying to make a change when it comes to seeing issues that they by themselves as an independent person can try and change, such as going vegetarian or not going to Sea World due to animal cruelty. As opposed to fighting for equality or women rights because it takes more from a person to advocate such social issues. When I read this it actually was mind blowing because I never put much thought into the impact shows and movies bring up for me. I know that watching certain shows/movies bring out strong opinions but I never thought passed it. When I read the example of Sea World and not eating certain foods I totally related. I remember hearing and watching a video of the cruelty at Sea World and I have no intentions nor desire to ever have to go. I’m Mexican so not eating meat is like basically impossible but I have minimized eating it. Only for special occasions or special foods but rarely do I eat meat here in the U.S. Same went with watching the trailer to that one new movie of the German Shepard dog, where they through him in the water for a scene. I’m sure other movies do similar things but actually seeing it happen as a dog owner it got to me so as nice as the movie seemed no part of me wanted to watch it. When it comes to bigger issues I do get that it is harder so it makes sense that it motivates and brings up strong feelings for people but it doesn’t impact them to the point to advocate. Watching shows/movies where race, inequality, abortion topics are shown and as much as a person has strong opinions I agree and do believe that it seems like those issues are too big just for the person watching the show/movie. From watching to finding how to get involved, where and how to start is totally different from just changing a thing from your meal or vacation destination. Although I do think that it is a good way to get social concepts and issues out there for people to see and learn about because regardless of how many people actually seek to make a change I believe it;s important educate those who have the privilege to stay home watch and not do anything about it and for those who do make an effort to seek change.
Be ready for the wild adventure of me actually reading and reflecting on it *thumbs up emoji*