Television And Its Lasting Effects

3402 Words14 Pages
Alexa Sperling Patrick Belanger Communication Ethics, Section 5 7 May 2015 Television and Its Lasting Effects Think back to the television you used to watch as a child. Many of you may think of harmless, funny cartoons or maybe family television shows that had a life lesson or message at the end. Television has changed a significant amount over the years and some would describe the era we’re in now, as “The Era of Reality Television”. It seems that our generation seems to enjoy getting the inside look on the dramatic lives of others, rather than worrying about our own lives. Also a fairly new concept that has risen during our generation, is watching television programs that give health advice. No longer do some go to the doctor’s…show more content…
Many were compelled on the invention and make profit, while some wanted to change the world through visual communication technology. When television started to take off in the 1920’s the main broadcasts were baseball games or the news (www.nyu.edu). However, television has drastically changed from those times; there is so much more programming available to the public and sometimes those programs aren’t ethical. Ethics can be defined as moral principles that govern a person 's or group 's behavior. Which raises the question, is it ethical to put human health at for the sake of entertainment? I will prove how various television programs can be crippling to human health in both physically and mentally by looking at specific television programs such as, The Dr. Oz Show, Jersey Shore, The Annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show, and America’s Next Top Model. The Dr. Oz Show, is a day-time television show that features Mehmet Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon and professor at Columbia University. The Dr. Oz show premiered in September 2009 and has been on the air for five seasons. The shows main age demographic are those who are 27-54 years of age. In the first season, the show was nominated for an Emmy for best informative talk show. However, recent research suggests that the show is not at informative as one might have thought. In 2014, studies were conducted by researchers that work for the British
Open Document