When I try to find a definition for junk TV, three clear and concise words come to my mind: morbidity, sensationalism, controversy.
All these words mean the same. They describe a television that intends for the easy capture of spectators by way of an informative manipulation and accusation without foundation. This fact is well known and, this type of television is criticised hard all over the world.
However, the society’s opinion is not fitting with the share of junk TV. For example, the programme ÒS‡lvame DeluxeÓ achieves a crushing victory on Friday night with, approximately two million spectators. If that was not enough, Spain is one of the leading countries in junk TV, in spite of the Italian management of some private TVs.
Should it impose a better control about this tendency? Although it´s true that there is a more severe regulation in other countries, including Italy, but does the problem imply completely in this fact?
To that, we have to add the infinite list of brands both national and international, which finance this television with their advertisements.
Little by little, education is deteriorating, and this genre emphasises it, because children learn by imitation and, if they do not realise the privacy and the truthfulness of their statements, they will not respect the thread.
It is difficult to find some positive aspect of junk TV. Perhaps, rubbish TV is capable of keeping entertained old ladies, whose deafness only allows listening to shouts of the tertullians who, in their majority, are people without qualification.
This situation is disgraceful. Nevertheless, the schedule responds to the society where we live. It gives a bad image to Spain but, in this case, it coincides with the reality, and we must clean up our image.
Ana Beatriz Felipe Robaina (16)
Student at CET Services