FACTOR I - DESENSITIZATION TO DISTURBING AND COUNTER-EMPATHETIC BEHAVIOR -THE "JACK-A** AFFECT"
MTV helped us reframe some things for kids, that perhaps didn't need reframing. It's no secret that one way to get people to watch TV is to shock them. And it generally works for a time, until they become desensitized and the opportunity expires. Then your choice is to find something increasingly shocking or give up. Reality shows such as survivor, which put humans in conditions where they had to survive, upped the ante on what people would do to get thrills out of an audience (not to mention, to win some money along the way). As this got boring, other types of reality shows from romantic to funny on street antics, further entertained audiences as people did things that were outside of societal norms, to then capitalize on the shock and surprise of onlookers. Generally, this was done in good humor however, with the "punk'd" victim eventually being told the whole story.