Businessmen Behaving Badly: Prime Time's World of Commerce


Prime time television shows a cynicism toward business that it does not show toward any other job or profession. Business characters are more likely to be criminals, and even murderers, than are any other characters, and even those business characters not portrayed in a negative light are not likely to be shown contributing to society through their work. And the bigger and more successful the business, the worse it is portrayed. According to prime time television, business owners and executives are dangerous and serve no useful purpose. Is it any wonder, then, that in such an environment, workers would act the way prime time portrays them as acting?

Prime time television should consider the possible effects this bias could have on society. If confronted with research proving that prime time television was portraying teachers or social workers negatively, is there any doubt that scriptwriters and executives would take action to address these biases?