A Drop in Ratings

In Ted Gioia’s essay, there is a chart titled “The Prisoners Have Been Released From Cultural Bondage.” This chart shows various trends regarding the de-institutionalization of the arts and entertainment. The trend that I was most curious about claimed that “People binge on movies and TV shows, but… Ratings for the Oscars and other award shows have collapsed.” To understand why the drop in ratings was occurring, I looked to an article posted on the Boston Globe website. This article is titled “Seven Reasons Why TV Audiences Are Bored With The Oscars.” It states seven reasons why the Oscars have lower ratings. The first reason mentions that the Oscars was once one of the only ways to see the stars. Social media wasn’t readily available, so celebrities were sort of shrouded in mystery. Now, you can find virtually a celebrity’s social media page and see what they’ve been up to. The second reason is that the award season is getting longer and longer. There are smaller awards given before the Oscars starts, and that removes the surprise when someone wins. The third reason is that there aren’t many box office hits anymore. Moviegoers are less interested in the competition in movies, and streaming services have allowed people to watch movies from the comfort of their own home. The fourth reason is that the Oscars started to present awards before the telecast starts and then air those clips later. This is a problem for attendees who wish to watch the awards, but they also have to walk the red carpet at that time. The fifth reason is that there are just too many award shows. They aren’t very different from one another, and the author states that they are just more opportunities for wealthy people to be pat on the back. The sixth reason is that the TV industry is booming. A-list actors are more willing to be a part of a TV show, and TV is much of what we talk about in pop culture today. The final reason is that the internet allows us to catch up on what happened. We no longer have to go to bed at an ungodly hour to see the entire award show. I believe that this trend isn’t bad. I think it’s a step in the right direction. I believe that we put too much reverence into celebrities who are just like us. The constant award shows are tiring to me. I don’t believe that we should start hating on celebrities. Yes, they do have reason to be celebrated. Most of them worked hard to be successful, and many of them have amazing talents, but I don’t think the public should be so obsessed with them. I am hoping that this trend will help us take a small step back from borderline worshipping these people. I think the Oscars will continue to go on. I believe they will try all they can to get ratings up. They may try to take the advice of celebrities that appear at the Oscars by telecasting all of the awards that they offer.

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One Response to A Drop in Ratings

  1. juneauow says:

    I like how you recognize the changing landscape of entertainment and media consumption, acknowledging the influence of social media, streaming services, and the proliferation of award shows on television.

    Furthermore, your reflection on the potential positive aspects of this trend shows an insightful understanding of celebrity culture and the role of award shows in society. I like how you advocate for a healthier perspective on celebrity worship and suggest that the decline in ratings could signal a shift towards more balanced appreciation of talent and achievement.

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