People Really Don’t Like What’s on TV

A poll commissioned by the Tourism Ministry (based on just over 2000 respondents) reportedly found the following, among other results (click here, in Turkish):

39% watch 2 hours of TV a day, 27% more than 4 hours, but only 15% believe what they hear on TV. 33 % think what’s on TV reflects Turkey’s richness and diversity, 54% don’t. 67% believe that what’s on TV undermines Turkey’s traditional values and beliefs, but only 22% think it suits a modern Turkey. 56% do approve of state TV programs in Arabic and Kurdish and other languages that supported cultural richness. But they don’t like TV serials. 71% don’t think the serials provide youth with good role models. 78% think many of the Turkish serials could lead to psychological problems in children. 69% think they lead children and youth away from cultural values. 79% think women are used as sex objects to improve ratings (only 14% disagreed). The respondents don’t like dating-game type marriage shows and think they probably increase divorce rates. 87% object to the violence on TV, especially sexual violence that could disturb children.

But 59% think that curtailing some of these things (like violence) would be against freedom of the press.

What do people want to see more of? 82% want more programs about Turkish history, architecture, music, literature and art.

Really?

3 Responses to “People Really Don’t Like What’s on TV”

  1. What do people want to see more of? 82% want more programs about Turkish history, architecture, music, literature and art.

    Really?
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    Of course, haven’t you noticed that these same folks produce proper Turkish on the net and very credibly tell us they read books in their spare time. They likewise look for brains and character in the opposite sex, hate the amount skin on put on display by the dailies and don’t know any of the gossip about people who are in the lowbrow entertainment business.
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    We expect our Jenny Hoca to research this for her next book.

  2. Bulent’s comment jokingly touches on a point I have made earlier: you can not get accurate results by directly asking people about their preferences when social pressures are at play. Instead, the preferences should be teased out as latent variables. Without reading the study it is impossible to say whether a sound methodology has been followed.

  3. On something related, have any of you guys read the book I’ll link below. I tell people about it and joke that it’s not surprising a Turk wrote it but I never got around to acquiring it. Here: http://www.amazon.com/Private-Truths-Public-Lies-Falsification/dp/0674707583

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