It’s a Thursday night, around 9:45. What are you doing?
Relaxing, homework, getting ready to go out, eating, group projects
My friends and I are gathering to watch the latest episode of Jersey Shore.
No educational value, no way of stimulating the brain
However is increasingly popular
Season 2 was the #1 television series in the p-12-34 demo for summer 2010 and posted increasing growth every week Has a soundtrack, sticker book, wall calendar, bobble head dolls, shirts, water bottles, and even a book titled “Gym, Tanning, Laundry: The Official Jersey Shore Quote Book.” (“Jersey Shore”)
So where did this idea of reality TV come from? How many kinds of different reality TV are out there and why is this is overwhelmingly popular?
Topic 1: What is reality TV?
Reality TV is any unscripted program that shows real people, not actors or athletes in a specific environment.
Characters are real people
Not filmed on a set but natural living or working conditions No script
Events are unplanned which means they evolve from narrative contexts Primary purpose is viewer entertainment (Hildernrbrant)
Reality TV lasts for several months while game shows only last a day.
Topic 2: History
It is said by many, that Alan Funt began the idea of reality TV. At first he set up unconventional scenarios in his office. He used hidden microphones to capture people’s reactions and played this on the radio. This eventually led to being filmed and put on TV in 1948. Sound familiar? This was called Candid Camera.
Aired on TV for 5 decades (Loomis)
In 1989 COPS came on air because of the writers guild of American strike. This show followed police during their daily activities. It began with no music or narration just a simple camera following a police. Cops has 20 seasons of footage, totaling 700 episodes. (Cops)
In 2008, the Emmys awarded a stature to the best host of a reality TV show for the first time, which was exciting news to all...