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The ethical issues involved in reality television as presented by the author deal with the viewers motivation for watching such type of programming If the viewers motivation is to watch people humiliate themselves then the author feels that the viewer is morally wrong for doing so A persons entertainment should not be through someone elses televised suffering The fact that reality television producers show no remorse for accidents or humiliation caused by their shows fuels the idea that almost everything that has to do with reality television is morally unethical Another viewpoint of the author that makes reality TV so demeaning is that most of the so-called real moments and characters in these shows are scripted or edited to the producers liking which makes it anything but real My ethical views on reality TV differ from the authors views in many ways I do think that reality TV is unethical to the point where the shows producers are making tons of money off of the humiliation and suffering of others When someone is crying on such a show as The Real World eyes are glued to the set to see why when it is really no one elses business However the producers make sure to show every sobbing moment because they know that more viewers will stay tuned to the channel and more advertising dollars will come rolling on in On the other hand I do not think that anyone who watches reality TV should have their ethics in question because they do not really know what goes on behind the scenes They do not realize the immoral concepts of the shows and therefore it could be called innocence through ignorance There is really nothing that can be done about this type of programming It has already gripped the attention of the entire nation From NBCs Fear Factor to their new hit show The Apprentice these shows are here to stay whether they are immoral
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