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Does TV endorse stereotypes?

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Started: 12/17/2013 Category: TV
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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TV is called the idiot box. It is hard not to know why? Flip through channels (anywhere on a satellite dish / unbiased search) and lo and behold what do you perceive? A dumb blond who fumbles at every syllable, a bespectacled shrew who is labelled pedantic for being career oriented, a confused child brought up in a quagmire of more confusion, (possibly suffering from ADHD) , a religious zealot who threatens to cause untold chaos and the list is endless? In the quest for gaining advertising and rating points TV channels dish out something that challenges the intellect. (albeit negatively). When will we see more realistic portrayals of humans in general on TV? When will pecuniary aspects take second stage to sagacity and probity? Too hard to fathom....
My stand is that TV endorses stereotypes, and that too rigidly.


This might sound too cranky, but television is an accountant of the past, a reflector of the present and a visionary to the future. It has lived in the past, having reflected it some time, has changed into the present and is making way for the future. That it does by romantically reflecting the society at large and influencing the nigh-impressionable minds thus shaping the future. Since its inception, it has revolutionized our lives in a way better than any other mode of communication. It has bled news in times of war, aired the public resentment in the times of protests, exposed scams in the times of non-governance and showcasing entertainment in erstwhile unimaginable forms. What you're calling as stereotypes is the society itself. However, while there are shows demeaning women, there are also shows glorifying them. While there are soothsayers rambling on our screens, there are economists disseminating banking techniques. TV is not as bad as you think it is. This i will prove.
Debate Round No. 1


TV is not called the idiot box for nothing. It re-enforces stereotypes in many spheres (eg. gender stereotypes, occupational stereotypes etc.)

Below are 2 illustrations :

TV shows generally sensationalize things. They invariably create a mountain out of a molehill, as it were.
Unbiased reporting of news, for example, is unheard of. Opinions veer from the Left to the Right but they are very rarely reflective of true public angst and sentiment.

TV runs on advertising and advertising runs on eye-ball views. Therein lies the naked truth.

TV creates a virtual world (in which you are bound to get lost) and after watching most shows you only find yourself questioning your own belief system.

The euphemism for TV shows is WYSINWYG (what you see is not what you get). Most shows portray women as glam dolls and men as macho brutes who only want to dominate the opposite sex. (to which the latter comply).

Net result - A bad hangover and symptoms akin to those of an overdose of alcohol or barbiturates....

Verdict - Definitely Harmful to the psyche.


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