What show are your watching? is it one your normally watch? Which network airs the show. How did you access it: network tv, Netflix, website, etc.
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The show I am watching is called the Trisha TV Show. It is one of my favorite reality television shows aired on the BET channel. I accessed the show via network TV.
Who is the probable intended audience(s) for the television show you are analyzing? What factors contribute to your awareness of audience? Consider not only gender but also age, race/ethnicity, geographic location, etc.
The probable intended audience of the show are families undergoing some painful experience and would want to know the truth. The factor which contributed to my awareness of the audience is the plot of the show, which touches on family disagreements, deception, and emotions. There are male and female adult audiences of all races from across the globe.
Is there a relationship between the plot/action/narrative of the television show and the commercials that accompany it? If there are no commercials, which ads do you see on the internet or streaming service? How do these relate or appeal to the target audience(s)? Explain.
There is a relationship between the plot of the show and several commercials that accompany it during commercial break intervals. For instance, after every five minutes, there are commercials on counseling services, private investigation, and legal assistance to families. The most notable commercial was the Jade counseling services and recovery therapy for families trying to cope up with a challenging situation. This commercial appeals to the target audience since everybody in a family are always looking for an explanation and support through unpleasant occurrences (Bowden 65).
Do the characters who appear differ from one another, and if so, how? What is the relative frequency by age? By race/ethnicity? Is anyone represented who is differently-abled?
The characters are different from one another, apart from the reality television crew. In each scene, there is a different story with the same theme of conflict resolution and establishing the truth. For instance, in the first scene, there was an African American couple who were stuck in unfaithfulness allegations. The results from the lie detector exonerated the couple, and they were happy. The second scene involved allegations of irresponsible parenthood and denial of paternal involvement in siring a three months old baby girl. The accused was a young male who was also exonerated from the paternal biological responsibility of the child through a DNA test. The relevant frequency by the age of the characters is from late teens to middle adulthood. In terms of ethnicity, there is a mixture of all races in the US. However, there are more African Americans than other ethnic groups. In the episode I watched, there were none of the characters who were differentiable.
What is the purpose of the show? What concepts or plot points are presented? Are they believable? If scientific concepts are presented in the show?
The purpose of the Trisha show is to help families come to terms with their fears, past mistakes, and conflicts with the aim of uniting them when the truth has been revealed. The plot presented is disagreements, which climax in establishing the party who is at fault and creating an ideal environment for reconciliation. This plot is very believable since the audience can easily relate to the theme of the show (Wilhelm 04).
There are scientific concepts presented in the show, such as DNA and lie detection tests to establishing biological paternity and honesty. These scientific concepts are accurate since they are performed by an independent and widely experienced expert.
What pop culture issues are represented? Give examples.
The pop culture issues represented in the show is the struggle to cope up with social challenges affecting the modern American family. All the characters in the show are faced with conflicting issues that are threatening to break their families. Even if the Trisha show is set in a different time period, the issues would be handled in a more or less similar manner. Actually, the issues discussed in the show are ordinary family conflicts that can be addressed through counseling and emotional therapy. I did not notice any biasness in the issues presented in the Trisha reality show.
Bowden, John. “The Process of Customer Engagement: A Conceptual Framework.” Journal of Marketing Theory & Practice, 17.1(2009): 63-74. Print.
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Wilhelm, Laurie. “Formal and Informal Communication Channels”. Effective Interpersonal Skills Journal, (2009): 02-10. Print.