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Ethics in Business
Case Length : 10 Pages
Period : 2001-2002
Pub. Date : 2002
Teaching Note : Available
Organization : Fox TV, Parents TV Council
Industry : Media, Entertainment and Information
Countries : USA


The case is intended to give an insight into reality TV programming and the controversies surrounding it.

It explores in detail the trends in reality TV programming and the severe criticism it received from various groups worldwide.

The case also discusses the moral and ethical responsibility of TV networks and the viewers who encourage such shows


Understand the evolution and genres of TV programming.

Analyse the impact of reality TV programming on the social, moral and ethical values of the viewers.

Examine the role of TV networks in safeguarding the ethical and moral values of society.

Determine the role of the viewer in encouraging reality TV shows.

Discuss the scope for balancing the need for TV ratings and with the social obligations of TV networks.

Examine the future of reality TV shows in the light of mounting opposition against such shows.


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A Series of Controversies 1
Background Note 2
Reality TV Programs 3
Reality TV - The Debate 5
The Future 6
Exhibits 8


Reality TV programming, controversies, criticism , various groups, worldwide, moral, ethical responsibility, TV networks, viewers

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