Impact Of Reality TV
Since the late 90s, television and broadcasting has made some dramatic changes in what viewers watch in their homes . It is clear that no genre form or type of programming has been as actively marketed by producers, or more enthusiastically embraced by viewers, than reality- based TV. (Friedman, 2002: 6) Reality TV is a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors. Although as of late there has been an increase of celebrities and actors cashing in on this popular genre of television with shows like Celebrity Fit Club, Dancing With The Stars, and Celebrity Apprentice. One might think that Reality TV has only been around since the early 1990s when MTV's The Real World hit the TV screen, but in reality, no pun intended, Reality TV has been around almost as long as TV itself. The first Reality TV show made its debut in 1948 with Allen Funt's Candid Camera. Although quite different from today's reality shows, it was still just as popular amongst viewers. This genre of TV show has been around for quite some time and has become a permanent part of our American popular culture. With Reality TV's popularity among viewers of all ages growing so rapidly it is safe to say that it will have some good and some bad Social and Cultural influences. For example, shows that promote or reward jumping in and out the sack with a total stranger to win their heart (Rock Of Love, Flavor Of Love, the Bachelor/Bachelorette) or shows that promote lying and being the most devious to win a cash pot (Big Brother, Bad Girls Club)can have negative and sometimes irreversible affects on younger viewers. Younger viewers may get the impression that this is reality when in fact it is quite far from the truth. On the other hand Reality Shows that promote competition (American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, and The Voice) or...
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