February 3, 2013
Reality television has developed into one of the most popular forms of entertainment in today’s media. Through hundreds of hours of videotaped life, a compelling storyline can be found. With the vast variety of reality television, viewers can always find some common ground with those being filmed. A reality show can tell a story, a true story and through careful writing and editing, a producer can entice the viewer in a way that a drama, variety, or comedy show will never be able to do.
Reality shows have an aspect that drama and comedy shows can never fully have, reality. The term “reality” can seem misleading. One may ask, how is watching Khloe Kardashian buy a ten million dollar house realistic? It’s not, but we watch it because we’re envious, interested, and or happy it’s not us. Viewers imagine identifying with these reality stars, their drama and the challenges they have to face. When the viewer can’t relate, such as watching Khloe Kardashian buy a ten million dollar house, they’re interested in this other person’s life because it gives them a break from or a realization about their own life. It provides them with a look at a world so far from their own reality that it gives them a kind of escape from life for an hour. The viewer can wonder how Khloe Kardashian became wealthy enough to buy this ten million dollar home and keep watching to find out more about her. By exposing famous entertainment personalities in a realistic way gives reality television some authenticity in the serious news media
Several weeks ago a reporter on a regular morning news cast mentioned several current events; Hillary Clinton was in the hospital, the fiscal cliff was drawing near, and then the lead story of the morning show, “Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting a child!”. This headliner is the producer of a reality television show’s dream. To have one of their cast mentioned on a reputable morning news show gives the show an added...