Coming home from an exhausting day at work, you sit in your recliner to relax as you hear foul shouting blurting from your childs bedroom. Curiously you walk towards the room to find the shouting coming from the guests on the Jerry Springer Show. You think to yourself, why is my child watching daytime talk shows, or as the majority refer to it, Trash TV.
The storm clouds have been gathering for quite some time now.Is the end near for Trash TV Concerned viewers, legislators, and press are worried about television show content in general, however, some of our trashy Talk Shows have eceived more than their fair share of attention in the last few years. What Im concerned with is, What are these shows teaching our children and how does this affect our culture Many of the guests on TV daytime talk shows are portrayed differently according to the topic; however, the guests seem to all have something in common: their background and behavior.Watching a variety of these TV daytime talk shows recently, Ive observed that the bulk of these guests all appear to be whites, Hispanics, or African Americans of the lower or middle class.
They all come from the same type of living conditions and razy lifestyles. People may even mention the words white trash, referring of course to the Caucasian guests. Insinuating that the background of the guests is inadequate, they do not mind being ridiculed for their outrageous beliefs and lifestyles.To these guests this is their normal lifestyle; besides, why do audience members and viewers find these guests lives to be so interesting What make these shows so popular It seems that the audience and viewers enjoy watching people spill guts about everyday garbage life.
Viewers are entertained by the mockery of people whom they rent familiar with because there is no connection to the viewers lives. Watching a TV daytime talk show from your home television is completely different from actually sitting in the audience and viewing.While sitting at home, we are protected by a screen, but at the show a lot of confrontation occurs between the audience and the guests which we find entertaining back at home. However, that confrontation may be damaging to the guests emotions, and somehow we view that as entertainment.
In these shows, indecent exposure is celebrated as a virture (Bennett 29). What has our world come to when we ind people being hurt or taunted as amusement These guests are also treated and represented differently at each show through the hosts.Jerry Springer tries to act, I think, as if he is actually concerned with the well- being of his guests; however, before his concerned last thought, he will make fun or crack jokes at his own guests. For example, Jerry will call transsexual guests it, or he will simply make rude comments about his guests under his breath, which keeps the audience and viewers entertained.
The behavior on the Jerry Springer Show is so severe that the guests know that something upsetting is going to happen to them.Jenny Jones is similar in how she treats guests because she seems concerned with their feelings, but she also throws out a joke or two mocking the guests behavior. Jenny Jones is also notorious for allowing the exploitation of young children and teenagers. Occasionally teens are also exploited on these TV daytime talk shows concerning their sex lives, disorderly behavior, or supporting their parents.
Send My Teen to Jail, one of the Maury Show topics, viewed delinquent teenagers whose parents demanded their children be sent to a jail to teach them a lesson, and it seems that in every situation either he father or mother was not in the picture. This leads viewers to believe that children from single parent families are more apt to behavior problems. The children guests demonstrate their delinquent behavior, and societys children are viewing this behavior. As a child we are taught to see others doing something, and we learn this to be the correct way to complete a certain task.
For example, children see parents drinking from a cup with no lid and want to follow their parents ways. My point is young viewers may be influenced by the teens or even the older guests on these daytime TV talkshows. Children re perhaps learning the wrong behavior from talkshow guests, and our future society depends upon these children. One topic, My Daughter is a Tramp, on Jenny Jones, was so extremely provocative that some of the children were crying by the end of the show.
The audience behave like a jury passing judgment on these teens; however, this jury speaks out with obscene and foul comments towards the children.Why would you as a parent want your child to participate in this circus The audience is often occupied by normal working people and not counselors or doctors who can help these children, so does it make any ense to allow children to be utilized by the audience members Parents should have enough common sense to realize that this can only be more damaging to an unclear child. Dr. Alvin F.
Poussaint believes that a child, unprepared and emotionally vulnerable, could come completely unraveled (qtd. in Herbert 26).I believe that children go through stages throughout their life where they may be engaging in wrongful behavior; although, I do not believe that Jenny Jones is the place to correct these children. Sometimes the hosts will feature a professional to help the children, but these professionals can only do so uch for the children in front of cameras watched by millions everyday.
Yet, our culture views the exploitation and perversion of these children entertaining while we would never want our children to do drugs and sleep with twenty people before the age of fifteen.Our culture is forming a bad habit of picking up the values of this trash, yet we still find it entertaining. It appears to me that our culture is reflected by these shows because these guests are actual, real live people, and to me it comes as a warning for those who do not engage in similar behavior. There are about eight or more of these talkshows n a day with an estimate of twenty guests, who are real people, or more a day, and if you do the math an immense part of our society is either a part of these people or are viewers.
I strongly disagree with this TV daytime talk shows topics and torture that occurs; however, when I come home from college I tune into the latest Jenny Jones Show. Does this sound rational No, because if I find it degrading I should not watch it, yet I still find it entertaining which bothers me. While reading Gaines, Herberts, Bennetts, and Willis essays, I agreed with each of them in one aspect. Showing us that this trash TV is a arning, Gaines tells how Jenny Jones miraculously saved her life, and Willis feels that these talk shows allow working people to voice their opinions even if it maybe their shocking lifestyles.
On the other hand, I agree with the opposing authors, and I think that these shows can be child pornography and are very degrading to the individuals who choose to be guests. In closing, I can not grip the concept of gaining values from the trash TV, and I do not understand how we find it entertaining even when we know it is degrading. Maybe the entertainment comes from the extra emotions that some guests may have, or the taging may come into play also for our amusement.Yet, do we want to come home to find our children watching these TV daytime talk shows, and how can we prevent this Parents can stop children from viewing by screening the television their children watch or by buying a chip to regulate the types of programs allowed to be viewed.
Current viewers could stop watching, but the chances of that happening are slim to none. However, people who dont watch can continue to rebel against daytime talkshows and possibly get rates down forcing the programs to no longer exist.