X-Factor Debate Analysis

X-Factor is the saviour for contemporary media. Discuss.

Today we were given the above statement to form an argument upon. I am part of the group that is fighting against this statement.

I have done my research into what points I want to include in the live debate and have found useful links to websites and quotes from the internet to reinforce this.

In order to be as successful as possible in this debate, I have not only researched into how X-Factor isn’t the saviour for contemporary media, but also looked into what my opponents will be researching, so I have an idea of what points they will raise and how I will respond professionally. By doing this I will be able to counteract their statements, pick apart their facts and figures, and become successful at the end of the debate. I hope for them to make their final concluding point to which they believe will win them the argument for them and then respond to them with a long list of facts, figures and quotes to shock them into submission.

Over the past years X-Factor is showing more and more episodes per series – using up more and more screen time that could be filled with more “productive and intellectual television”. Celebrity culture is expanding and thus more ‘trash’ is entering the box.

People against the X-Factor are in their millions. The Facebook group alone supporting ‘Rage Against The Machine’ for number one had over 1million fans. This was labelled as a “spontaneous action of the young people [in] the UK to topple this very sterile monopoly”.

“X-Factor has attracted criticism” – The excessive commercialism of the show detracts from its supposed purpose of unearthing musical talent – it actively damages and distorts the music industry, the very same industry it is attempting to promote. Controversy is deliberately courted and orchestrated; ‘spontaneous’ scenes are staged and scripted for audience satisfaction; it is fake! During the editing of the show, the contestants are portrayed in certain ways for amusement, they are exploited for the needs of the masses and this is unfair. Take Susan Boyle for example, didn’t she have a breakdown after too much media attention? Sometimes it’s just too much for some people…

TV viewing figures have declined due to the rise of viewers watching shows online; many shows are now able to watch legally on YouTube.

X-Factor is watering down television culture, dumbing down audiences and stifling creativity (see my post on genre: same old, same old). It may have saved ITV from a downfall, but has it saved television as a whole? Not a chance. The show itself has been known for funding other shows, such as what? Other shit? X-Factor has infiltrated other media forms – newspapers and radio. It’s everywhere, and it’s trash! We don’t care who’s copped off with who from X-Factor, or what they had for lunch…

Where are ITV’s values? Where are Simon Cowell’s values for that matter?

Do you remember Steve Brookstein? No? It took me a while to remember him too, I had to google to remember who he even was. The first winner of the X-Factor. This proves the show is just a hype. The winners are forgotten and everyone else moves on, Simon rakes in the cash and audiences are left slowly becoming less and less interested in the repeated formats of the modern day. It won’t be long until X-Factor fades away into those long forgotten shows of the past, it has already begun…


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