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Reality Shows

Influence of Reality shows on youngsters. How they affect the moral fabric of the society Reality Shows- Yes they have become the greatest find in Television Industry in the present century. A jackpot to make viewers glued to their sets unaware of time or the sensibility of what they are viewing .Kaun Banega Crorepati might have been a start for this ingenious Drama involving household characters ,the girl next door or anyone to whom you can relate the common audience. But a lot was in the pipeline. The success of these shows lie in the simple ingenious formula of creating real life situations .For once Indian audience was relieved to get out of the Saas Bahu traumas and the larger-than life characters of daily soaps. They were happy to get a view into other peoples lives. Into their household, their privacy. And when celebrities volunteered to open up the masks, stand raw in front of the camera depicting their natural colors, what more can the audience ask for? When these shows succeeded in getting TRPs their concepts became weirder and wilder! Use of abusive language and vulgarity dominated these shows. The impact of such scenes on the younger generation is a social concern. Shows like Emotional Athyachaar Sach Ka Samna and the like have caused relations to split, family ties to wither.

Indian cultures are eroding. We hear this day in and day out. And what is happening in the society is only being depicted in the visuals. Jobs in MNCs, easy access to money , night clubs ,discos Yes westernization is welcomed with open arms. Teenage affairs, live-in relationships, break-ups, extensive use of drugs and alcohol consumption. These are all pointing to the low morale of the younger generation. When the Supreme Court legalized live-in relationships westernization has almost got a legal sanction. We may feel these privileges are available only to the upper class societies who are more exposed to the changing trends. But media only worsens the harm by providing a tainted image of the new generation to the general public. As it has always been debated Media has its good and evil. Visual media has a very strong impact on the viewers. And hence they have a moral obligation to the society while screening such programs. Privatisation of National media may have allowed a wide variety of programs for the viewer but it has also increased publicizing immoral and irrelevant content without censoring. And such contents are offered to a wide range of audience ranging from children to teenagers to adults.

Influence of Reality shows on youngsters. How they affect the moral fabric of the society Children and youngsters are influenced the most with these shows. Atheir counter-parts are shown in national television due to their break-up with their partner,or when someone does a loyalty test on his/her partner publicly, the conclusion we can draw is 'In today's era publicity has greater value over personal relations and commitments. The deterioration of morality among youngsters are clearly depicted in these shows and even if a part of them will be scripted and hoax, it will only generate a negative influence on the viewer who is obviously attracted by the concept of easy publicity.

When the reality show 'Big Boss' had a high dose of abusive language and visuals which were marked as adult content the court ordered its time slot to be made after 11p.m clearly pointing at the bad impact such shows will have on the younger generation. But the order was soon revoked and the show continued to be telecast during its normal hours.

I believe Information and Broadcast Ministry has a huge role to play in curbing the telecast of such socially irrelevant and abusive shows, keeping a check on their content. The entertainment media as a whole has a moral obligation to the society.Their role in imbibing cultural values among youth is inevitable. And when such a responsibility is not taken up the entire moral fabric of the country is disturbed.Breaking the usual norms youngsters should come forward and protest their telecast. As it is they who are mocked and used in these shows to gain TRPs. Your private life being a reason of mirth and entertainment for millions is not something to be proud of. As youngsters we have a responsibility to the country. Being part of a multi-lingual, multi-faceted culture and history is our greatest blessing. We need to preserve these values and imbibe only the virtues of other cultures. Hope the media realize their role in this mission and telecast only shows that upheld the dignity and integrity of our culture.

Sneha Gangadharan