Title

The Values Communicated to Society on MTV’s Jersey Shore and its Effects on People’s Behaviors and Beliefs: Not Your Average Reality Television

Lead Author Major

Communication

Format

Oral Presentation

Faculty Mentor Name

Qingwen Dong

Faculty Mentor Department

Communication

Abstract/Artist Statement

When something is televised, it has enough significance to be aired by that specific network, and is therefore perceived by society as something that is notable. The reality television show Jersey Shore on MTV portrays specific and “real” aspects of the characters’ lives to society. The purpose of my research was to discover what values Jersey Shore communicates to society and determine if watching the show alters people’s behaviors or beliefs. The quantitative data was collected through an online ten question survey that resulted in 204 responses. The qualitative research was obtained from sources in books, online journals, television shows, and websites. One conclusion from the research indicates that if Jersey Shore continues to air on television, viewers will continue to lose respect for American society and culture. Also, results implicated that the show communicates negative values, but it doesn’t deter people from watching the show. The presentation regarding my research will discuss the rest of the findings from both of my quantitative and qualitative research.

Location

DeRosa University Center, Room 214

Start Date

21-4-2011 5:00 PM

End Date

21-4-2011 8:00 PM

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The Values Communicated to Society on MTV’s Jersey Shore and its Effects on People’s Behaviors and Beliefs: Not Your Average Reality Television

DeRosa University Center, Room 214

When something is televised, it has enough significance to be aired by that specific network, and is therefore perceived by society as something that is notable. The reality television show Jersey Shore on MTV portrays specific and “real” aspects of the characters’ lives to society. The purpose of my research was to discover what values Jersey Shore communicates to society and determine if watching the show alters people’s behaviors or beliefs. The quantitative data was collected through an online ten question survey that resulted in 204 responses. The qualitative research was obtained from sources in books, online journals, television shows, and websites. One conclusion from the research indicates that if Jersey Shore continues to air on television, viewers will continue to lose respect for American society and culture. Also, results implicated that the show communicates negative values, but it doesn’t deter people from watching the show. The presentation regarding my research will discuss the rest of the findings from both of my quantitative and qualitative research.