Ethical Issues and Responsibilities in the Production of Reality Shows: Reorienting the Moral Compass

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Abstract

Striking a middle ground between an all-encompassing and incident-centered critique, this paper develops a critical, comprehensive yet differentiating account of pertinent moral issues related to the (harmful) treatment of participants in the production of hybrid ‘reality’-shows. Our focus is thus on mapping and schematizing the (potentially) harmful implications of and the responsibilities that emerge from the process of making ‘reality shows'. The analysis proceeds along three broad (not mutually exclusive) notions of ‘intrusion’, ‘humiliation’, and ‘misrepresentation’, and integrates conceptualizations with empirical findings emerging from semi-structured interviews with 12 television professionals (mostly ‘creative’) and 25 participants. We point out the role of structural factors and the relevance of (situational) differentiation, in kind and degree, and argue for the need to bring ethical considerations more squarely into the day-to-day calculations of ‘reality TV’-program-makers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2013
EventUnknown -
Duration: 13 Aug 2013 → …

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Period13/08/13 → …

Keywords

  • media ethics
  • popular television
  • television production
  • interviews

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