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  • 1. MORALITY?COMMUNICATIONFREEDOMPARTICIPATIONINFORMATIONEQUALITYJUSTICEIs Reality TV Democratic?
  • 2. Is Reality TV Democratic?1990s – Docusoaps emerge.These combinedocumentary andpersonal video diary.E.g. Airport.‘making ordinary peoplefamous by casting themin their own lives’2000 – PresentPopstars, X-Factor, BGT1965 – The BBC broadcast Man Alive-a documentary about working-class peoplemade by middle-class producers.Is this democratic?“No” – says Big Brother creatorPeter Bazalgette – it’spatronising.“The American dream ideaof level playing field,whereby anyone’s dreamcan come true”
  • 3. If we media is really happening, why dowe not turn off our Televisions and dosomething more interesting, like write ablog?People increasingly usetelevision as ‘pull media’and watch it on demand,when they want to,where they want to.Viewing figures for BigBrother and the X-Factorstill prove that a hugenumber of people still sitdown together andconsume television in avery media 1.0 way.BUTThe capitalist myth that isperpetuated is that fameis the ultimate aspirationfor all of us.
  • 4. Is Reality TV Democratic?The issue is access- More ordinary people areon TV than ever before.- TV is becoming an arenafor the masses.“An Arena for theMasses”?Democratic?The public have voted to victorypeople of various ethnic origins,sexual preferences and disabilities,unlike the ‘real’ political process.No one has to vote if they don’t wantto...
  • 5. Democratic?Reality TV is counter-democratic in so much as theserve to disempower citizens from the politicalarena.Instead of voting to change governments, we’revoting for Little MixTelevision should educate, informand entertain in equal measure .(Lord Reith, 1927)De-humanising andImmoral.The capitalist myth that isperpetuated is that fameis the ultimate aspirationfor all of us.
  • 6. If we media is reallyhappening, why do wenot turn off our televisionsand do something moreinteresting, like write ablog?People increasingly usetelevision as ‘pull media’and watch it on demand,when they want to,where they want to.Viewing figures for BigBrother and the X-Factorstill prove that a hugenumber of people still sitdown together andconsume television in avery media 1.0 way.The capitalist myth that isperpetuated is that fameis the ultimate aspirationfor all of us.Is Reality TV Democratic?The issue is access- More ordinary people areon TV than ever before.- TV is becoming an arenafor the masses.“An Arena for theMasses”?1965 – The BBC broadcast Man Alive-a documentary about working-class peoplemade by middle-class producers.Is this democratic?“No” – says Big Brothercreator Peter Bazalgette –it’s patronising.
  • 7. 1990s – docusoaps emerge.These combinedocumentary andpersonal video diary.E.g. Airport.‘making ordinary peoplefamous by casting themin their own lives’2000 – PresentPopstars, X-Factor, BGT“The American dream ideaof level playing field,whereby anyone’s dreamcan come true”De-humanising andImmoral.Television should educate, inform andentertain in equal measure .(Lord Reith, 1927)Democratic?Reality TV is counter-democratic in so much as theserve to disempower citizens from the politicalarena.Instead of voting to change governments, we’revoting for Little MixDemocratic?The public have voted to victorypeople of various ethnic origins,sexual preferences and disabilities,unlike the ‘real’ political process.No one has to vote if they don’t wantto...

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