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Sadism in Entertainment: Because Who Doesn't Love Glamorizing Harm?

Hello, dear readers! Today, we dive into the delightful world of sadism masquerading as entertainment! Because who doesn't love a good dose of cruelty and violence served on a silver platter, right? It's not like we have enough real-world problems to deal with; let's just glorify sadistic tendencies and exacerbate societal issues further! Buckle up, because this post is going to take you on a rollercoaster ride through the thrilling world of media's unrelenting encouragement of sadistic entertainment.


One YouTuber that I follow inspired me to right this post. This topic is complicated as it can get and is the reality of today where sadism is used as a form of entertainment and people are lapping it up through popular reality Indian TV shows like Big Boss and other reality shows like MTV Roadies. That is not all everyday sadism is rampant in the society and you might feel I am exaggerating, however, this is the truth of entertainment today. Look around you, it doesn't matter if it's a street fight caused due to road rage OR as extreme as parading women naked in public, everything becomes entertainment and it attracts crowds to either stand and watch OR capture the moment and make it viral on social media. On the other side there are people searching for this kind of entertainment on the internet!


This YouTuber is Dhruv Rathee and the video of his titled: Am I Going to Bigg Boss? inspired me to rite about this topic.


Sadism thrives in reality shows like Big Boss, where viewers delight in witnessing conflicts, emotional distress, and humiliation of contestants. The show thrives on creating drama and encouraging aggressive behavior, contributing to a toxic entertainment culture.


Reality shows like Big Boss inflict mental stress on both viewers and participants due to drama, conflicts, and constant scrutiny.


MTV Roadies, with its emphasis on extreme challenges and harsh judgments, influences viewers to devalue self-worth. It promotes aggressive behavior and fosters a toxic culture where self-esteem takes a backseat to appease others.


Splitsvilla, a dating reality show in India, has been criticized for several negative influences on society; the show heavily emphasizes physical appearances and superficial attributes, promoting the idea that relationships should be based on looks rather than deeper connections.


The sadistic influence of reality shows is evident through the glorification of conflicts, emotional distress, and humiliation of participants. The audience's voyeuristic enjoyment of others' suffering promotes a culture of insensitivity and desensitization. This sadistic streak fosters a harmful entertainment landscape, desensitizing viewers to real-world consequences and perpetuating an appetite for exploitative content.


Reality shows, with their aggressive and sensational content, can significantly impact the thinking and values of the younger generation, especially children, in several ways. Children may perceive the dramatic and conflict-driven scenarios as normal and representative of real-life situations, leading to unrealistic expectations and inappropriate behavior. Constant exposure to aggressive behavior and conflicts on these shows can desensitize children to violence, making them more accepting of harmful actions and less empathetic towards others' pain. Contestants often display aggressive behavior as a means to succeed, and children may see these contestants as role models, imitating their actions in their own lives.


The focus on physical appearance and superficiality in these shows can lead children to prioritize superficial attributes over genuine qualities in themselves and others. The confrontational nature of reality shows can influence children to believe that shouting and disrespect are acceptable forms of communication. Constant exposure to conflicts and emotional distress on these shows can negatively affect children's emotional well-being, leading to stress and anxiety.


Reality shows may perpetuate gender and societal stereotypes, impacting children's attitudes towards equality and diversity. As children become engrossed in these shows, they may prioritize them over more educational or productive activities, leading to a detrimental impact on their overall development.


To mitigate these negative effects, it is crucial for parents, educators, and society at large to promote critical media literacy, encourage open discussions about the content children consume, and provide alternatives that emphasize positive values, empathy, and constructive entertainment.


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