Reality Shows - Should It Be Banned?

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Reality Shows - Should It Be Banned?

By | July 2008
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The truly educated man is that rare individual who can separate reality from illusion. - Author Unknown

The Oxford dictionary defines the word ‘reality’ as a quality of being real; something real and not imaginary. When that aforementioned word is put together with the word ‘show’, you will get the product of a formulaic genre that is a simulation of real life.

So the real question here still stands, should reality television be banned for general viewers?

Let’s start off with the favorable points. Intrinsically, reality shows are pure entertainment with no strings attached, and are even more so enjoyable to those who believe in the right for freedom of speech. It can be said that reality shows are an expression of democratic and egalitarian discernment. Viewers are not obliged to tune in every week to their favorite reality program or to even participate in them.

Another pro is that reality shows indirectly do teach us how people in general socialize and interact with others, as well as the diversity of different cultures that amalgamate with each other through these shows. Not only that, reality shows that are filmed in various locations such as ‘Survivor’ divulge to the audience places that not many of us get the chance to see in their life. From this, we get to learn more about human nature, as well as broaden our experience, all from the comfort of our own home.

Then again, everything comes with their own good and bad points, and this is just as true for reality shows. Reality shows are spurious, with its human exploitation and clever camera editing tricks. The manifest idealism of reality shows creates situations that otherwise would not exist, or at least would not be caught on camera. Almost everybody involved signs confidentiality and exclusivity agreements, so the full story about what went down between edits are rarely seen. Studies show that the broad spectrum of reality shows viewers consists of boys and girls aged from twelve to...
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