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# The reality TV shows

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Updated on: 20 Feb 2018, 20:18
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The reality TV shows are being criticized for increasingly getting worse as the content of such shows is increasingly getting heavily fixated on sex and violence. However, what has really changed is what the audience deems acceptable viewing. In other words, these shows are only catering to the demands of the audience. So if anything is to be questioned, it is not the content of such shows but the mindset of the audience.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the author has based the above argument?

A.The content of reality television shows is influenced by the general trends in society.
B.The content of reality television shows does not influence the boundaries of acceptable viewing.
C.The audience of reality television shows prefers to watch shows based on sex and violence than on education.
D.The audience of reality television shows would prefer to watch similar content in other media such as feature films as well.
E.The TV channels have little say in deciding the format and content of reality television shows.

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Originally posted by arun6765 on 20 Feb 2018, 09:05.
Last edited by arun6765 on 20 Feb 2018, 20:18, edited 1 time in total.
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20 Feb 2018, 09:17
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This question is really badly worded. It is almost totally redundant.

B should be the answer but look at c and d: shows prefers vs shows would prefer. Never seen a wording in two answer choice in an official CR question.

Considering, also, the grammar error in C

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20 Feb 2018, 19:57
According to the conclusion: the mindset of the audience has to be questioned, not the content. So there is no way that the content of reality television influence the boundaries of acceptable viewing.
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21 Feb 2018, 09:14
As The content does not influence. But it is the mindset that influences the boundaries of acceptable viewing.
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21 Feb 2018, 09:55
arun6765 wrote:
The reality TV shows are being criticized for increasingly getting worse as the content of such shows is increasingly getting heavily fixated on sex and violence. However, what has really changed is what the audience deems acceptable viewing. In other words, these shows are only catering to the demands of the audience. So if anything is to be questioned, it is not the content of such shows but the mindset of the audience.

Which of the following is an assumption on which the author has based the above argument?

A.The content of reality television shows is influenced by the general trends in society.
B.The content of reality television shows does not influence the boundaries of acceptable viewing.
C.The audience of reality television shows prefers to watch shows based on sex and violence than on education.
D.The audience of reality television shows would prefer to watch similar content in other media such as feature films as well.
E.The TV channels have little say in deciding the format and content of reality television shows.

The argument states that TV shows air programs that the audience deems acceptable. But what if the TV shows influence the mindset of the audience and influence the boundaries of acceptable viewing, then the argument breaks.
All other answer choices can be easily eliminated as highlighted above.

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