The article Reality Television: Oxymoron by George F. Will describes how television works and how it has changed over the years. He explains how television shows are now mostly imitations, they create shows off other shows with a somewhat more interesting twist making viewers more interested in watching. According to George F. Will, people are becoming “desensitizing”. Since people are becoming less easily shocked or amazed, television shows now are increasing the amount of degradation, lenience, and sexuality.
George F. Will’s main points are imitation and the shock factor. One of his examples was “Fear Factor” and how it is a spin-off of the television show “Jackass” Just they added a reward. Making the participants more willing to humiliate themselves for the fame and fortune. This captures the audience’s attention because it intrigues them, watching people “race to the bottom” and “degrade themselves for money”. Another example of television imitation is the CFML.
A how by NBC, which took the main concept of NFG but adding more violence and sexuality to the show. Imitations bring out and increases the shock factor. Because these shows are imitations the producers would need to add a more interesting twist to attract the audiences attention, making it stand out and worth watching. Because people have been desensitizing it is harder to shock people. Television shows are adding more insane twist and a larger reward in order for participants to do dangerous stunts or do embarrassing and terrifying things.
I believe what George F. Wills was trying to point out was how ridiculous and utterly pointless reality television shows are turning into. How it has downgraded the standard of entertainment in today’s society. He was clearly writing this article as a wake up call not only for those who are in the shows but also to the audience. The audience should not downgrade themselves too by wasting their time on silly shows. He points out how there are no benefits on watching programs like these.
These shows target rainless people who are willing to do anything for fame and fortune, even acts that are putting them in harm or degrading themselves. He exposes the audiences form being interested in such shows that’s are filled with violence, sexuality, and degradation. In other words, these shows are a bad influence to society. Competing for money and showing graphic violent will only teach people to participate in these acts and also makes the audience waiting for the next episode, making them addicted to these shows. George will summary and response.