Television programs and the effects of images to the viewers

Television programs and the effects of images they creates to the viewers

The television programs viewed tends to create a language and image that aids in the construction of reality which is usually associated with a particular phenomena, group, world or even professions. This makes it important to consider the quality of the components which are being viewed and the age of the viewer. The popularity of the television programs in America started in the early 1950s whereby the televisions were being owned by the capitalist societies whereby their social interest were represented.

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Televisions were considered important in the American televisions due to their ability to influence the audience in the delivery of message during the commercial advertisements in the program breaks. The programs that were viewed only concentrated in the lifestyle of the capitalist society and ignored the ethnic minorities and characters composed of few working class.Television programs and the effects of images to the viewers The programs that were accompanied by the commercial advertisements were much appealing and had a lot of influence to the viewers. The televisions were only affordable by the rich but with time especially by the end of 1950s; nearly all the home owned at least a television.

The ideas presented in the television programs of this decade depicted the world of the rich and what they were familiar with and what was of interest to them. Rarely, a show would be viewed challenging the notions or the radical ideas that would bring forth the plight of the black Americans and the suffering they had.

By the end of this decade most of the channels started to scramble for massive viewers by introducing a wider television as it was started by the Cinerama in 1952, which used three projectors and in the year 1953 the 3-D movies were introduced to entertain the viewers more. In the beginning of 1960s the soap operas were introduced and this increased the interest of television viewing, although the chairman of the Federal Communication Commission criticized this and termed televisions as waste of time due to the increased number of soap operas, comedies and unsophisticated programs.

The analysis that had been done by Butsch revealed out that the programs viewed were  only promoting domestic conflicts as  the males were presented as foolish with their wives intelligent and also acting similar to their mothers.  Later the programs viewed about the middle social class depicted a rapid upward social mobility which was not happening in the real sense since the ideas were exaggerated with display of affluence with maids more prevalent than in the real world.

Television programs such as the soaps and adventures tend to create an image of society justified by love and conflicts solved through westernized cultures and norms which may not be applicable in any other settings. The imaginations that are drawn on the viewers minds tends to influence them to behave the same way s the actors, whereby the events sometimes ends up violently and this influences the viewer to feel sorry for the victims, which tempts them to act the same.


The current television programs tend to create an image of disappearance of the working class from the American consciousness whereby the programs begins to show the erosiveness of culture. Although the televisions are the best channels to culture change, sometimes the themes behind the programs viewed do not transmit the required message especially where they don’t consider the content which is sometimes available to the minors.  The Class Dismissed Program by Ed Asner is one of the programs that try to break though the way for exploration of the representation of gender, race and sexuality intersects with class, and offering a complex understanding of the unidimensional representation in the television programs.