A discussion about the ethics of reality television programming

Wigginton, Hayley (2012) A discussion about the ethics of reality television programming. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    This project is concerned with the ethical standards of the television industry, in particular the production of reality television programmes and the care of participants. Due to the rise in reality television shows, there is a debate as to whether producers sacrifice their ethical standpoint in order to chase ratings. For reality shows to maintain their popularity, producers appear to exploit contestants’ dignity and self worth as well as experimenting with their physical and mental stamina in order to provide cheap laughs for audiences. This discussion explores ethical issues associated with the appeal of reality television, comparing current programmes to historic documentaries in the early 1920s. This project also discusses the idea of truth-telling and whether or not reality television is becoming increasingly fabricated and departing far from the actuality of real-life. Ethics is an extremely important component within factual television, as it determines the extent of which an audience can learn valuable information or be shielded from the real world altogether.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 07 Nov 2012 15:00
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:10
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/9658

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