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Transparency in the media. An essay about the ethical issues of the Big Brother show.

Date Submitted: 10/28/2002 14:32:16
Category: / Social Sciences / Communication Studies
Length: 12 pages (3184 words)
Generalities and rules "Big Brother" - five women and five men are living in one house without any contact to the outside world, to friends and relatives. 120 technicians and producers, 28 cameras and 59 micros deal with and watch them around the clock. Highlights of the happenings can be seen at TV every night. The candidates are periodically assessed. Who conquers the hearts of the viewers, who is rejected? The rule is: the group names two people, …
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…empts to show the execution of Ocklahoma bomber Timothy Mc Veigh live on the web? Does our desire to witness drama of ordinary people in hyper-real situations represent a welcome innovation in entertainment? Or are we taking the first steps down the road towards ever-more prurient and sensationalist content, a future close to that posited by the movie "Series 7: the Contenders" in which reality show contestants compete to stay alive by murdering their fellow contestants?
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