Reality TV feeds false depiction of life to everyday viewers

By Emily Keahey

It seems that every time a person turns on the television, there is a new reality show, and it is always more ridiculous than the last.

It has gone from extreme game shows, which could be slightly amusing on a boring afternoon, to contestants finding “true love” while viewers watch from their homes.

Much like artery-clogging fast food, reality TV is another great contribution America has given the world. It has created class acts like Paris Hilton, Jon and Kate Gosselin and Heidi Montag, who are now famous without having any talent.

I might be considered a cynic, but there’s no point in watching reality shows. For the most part, the “entertainment” comes from people embarrassing themselves and selling any value they once had for 15 minutes of fame.

Honestly, what person in their right mind would want a camera crew on them 24/7, or who would willingly eat puréed cow testicles?

Sadly, some people are more than willing to go to this new level of low.

Furthermore, the term reality holds very little validity considering that the producers hold the magic key to what happens in the show. Not to mention, how many times do you think they shoot a scene that is supposedly candid? I am guessing far more than once.

On the other hand, Hollywood producers must absolutely love this reality show obsession that has swept across the world. It allows them to produce cheap shows, where they are not even obligated to pay all the people involved. Plus, after contestants sign, the contract, the producers basically own them.

While watching some shows, viewers almost become legalized stalkers.

Nothing is considered private, and fans get to learn all the dirty secrets of another person’s life. On the other hand, maybe that is what makes them so addicting to viewers.

There are a few shows that are not completely pointless. ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition not only delivers heartfelt stories but makes a difference within the community and people’s lives.

There is also something redeeming about talent-based reality TV shows. They epitomize the American dream; a normal person can go from nothing to on top of the world by practice, determination and the votes of fans from across the country.

Even if you find no entertainment value in reality television, it is becomingly nearly impossible to avoid.

Initially, it seemed that this would be another short-lived phase, but the genre that began with only three hours a week now occupies more than
20 percent of scheduled prime time shows on network television stations.

It seems that quality television programs will have to wait until the shows become too outrageous for even the most addicted reality TV viewers to watch.

Author: The Bells Staff

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