The media fulfil various functions in society. For the audience and for society, the priority of these functions may be different. In terms of importance for society, their socialisation function is also important. Socialisation through the media assumes its dominance when there is a dysfunction of primary socialisation or at certain stages of human development. From a societal perspective, their influence as a potential shaper of society’s culture in the context of secondary socialisation is relevant. At present, audio-visual production in particular is dominant. It is attractive to all generations, as it provides both information and entertainment in a way that is convenient for the audience. Television offers different types of programmes with higher or lower value and quality of media content. Reality shows have a relatively significant presence in the programming structure. This television format on the border of non-fiction and fiction brings in different values, formulas and elements. The authors of the study analyse the various positive and controversial elements of reality shows. They focus on trash reality shows, which are more prominently represented in the autumn programming structure. In their interpretation, they not only draw on current findings, but also use their years of experience and knowledge from research in this field. The emphasis is on the potential impact on the socialisation of sensitive audience groups as well as on the culture of society as a whole.
controversy, ethics, extremity, reality shows, socialisation, television