When a piece of media content is delivered to the audiences, how do people know the thing is exactly what they expect it to be?
How do audiences judge the content?
The definition of certain TV format is getting ambigious in nowadays. Let’s take the programme I mentioned in my previous post as an example – An Idiot Abroad.
An Idiot Abroad is classified as a travel documentary as it is mentioned in the book written by Karl Pilkington, the person who travelled in the show, aka you know who.
But what do the audiences say?
When I posted the link of the show on the Facebook page of my course, one of my course leaders said people are just watching the show as a comedy. Some Chinese audiences (the programme is also showing in China) take it as a show that how Western people illustrating different cultures in a Western way. Also a media postgraduate student from my course said that they should put some hint on what kind of content they are showing to their audiences.
There are one hundred different Hamlet in one hundred different readers’ mind. The producers can never predict how will their audiences react to the show. When the public sphere is emphasising the responsibilities of broadcasters, has anyone thought of the responsibility as an audience? Do audiences have responsibility?
As a matter of whether audiences should be responsible for themselves, classifying media content by age is a good solution.
The audiences have the right to judge the content they receive by themselves. Yet as an audience over 18, it is important to have critical thinking towards the story. Don’t get too deep about the message which the media is sending out. It is confusing and people should never get too excited about it.