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Reality TV

started by otm_shank on 12/1/09.

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There is something that is certainly compelling about the unscripted reactions of non-actors that draws people in, and the genuinely unexpected actions and reactions of willing or unwitting participants have provided entertainment to people since before Reality TV or regular TV. There is value in the medium, whether or not current broadcasters maximize the potential artfully.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 12/13/09.

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Promotes a culture of self-obsessed, narcissistic individuals seeking quick and easy fame through faux-reality scenarios and situations.

by otm_shank (54.55) on 12/1/09.

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If "Reality TV" suffers from anything, it is inaccurate labeling. It would be better described as "Lightly Scripted, Highly Edited, Cheap Thrills TV" because the relationship between reality and those types of television shows is tenuous at best. Now the detractors of this particular brand of programming have that torch to run with: "Which reality are YOU talking about?!?!" Nobody complained about professional wresting or American Gladiators when they came out, because they were never billed as reality.

by Katzwinkel (69.39) on 12/13/09.

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The over-saturation of "reality shows" has replaced quality tv programming. Again, we have catered our airwaves to the lowest common denominator. Did we not learn anything from the cautionary tale from noted scholar, Arnold Schwarzennegger - "The Running Man"? While there is some great television programming available, much of prime time has become dominated by drivel aimed at dolts. Also, they are not based in "reality."

by elwoodlaw (83.67) on 12/5/09.

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What does this type of programing say about the general status of our society? Have we sunk to the level of the Romans watching gladiators torn apart by lions? When will it end? Will, some one have to get hurt, seriously or killed before this type of entertainment comes to an end? AND may I add just HOW REAL is this type of entertainment..cameras rolling and camera crew...if I was on a reality show viewers would change the channel since my REAL life is SO BORING! Are people watching these show so disappointed with their own life they must watch this?

by Buscia (65.31) on 12/16/09.

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