The Real in Reality Television

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Gabriana Martinez
Professor Darnell
English 1301 12:30M/W
1 March 2013

The REAL in reality television

Young teens usually encounter a new "Real World" TV show while flipping through the channels. "Real World" are all about young people living together under one roof. These shows have kept society entertained and are always the top of discussion. Reality television is corrupting our society by being dishonest, relying on humiliation and conflict to create entertainment, and sending the wrong message to the youth.

These deceiving reality shows seem to be edited and maybe even scripted out. Isn't there always choose seven young good-looking strangers that share or bare their differences. How real is the reality TV show? Well, for one we know that filming could take up to 300 hours, and only the best footage can be combined to create a thirty minute episode. Philadelphia Inquirer, Jonathan Storm says these "so-called reality shows are spreading across television faster than microbes at a murder scene. Carefully cast, expertly edited, frequently more contrived than the decorations at the junior prom, they present heightened worlds that are usually more fiction than fact"(1). Oh, and another thing, the cast enforces their 30+ page contract for every contestant to agree. If there wasn't enough editing most of the show would not even be as interesting. For an example, when film editors merge the sound effects and the suspenseful face expressions into a slow motion scene. I am pretty sure you can notice all of the blurred out body parts and profanity during an intense episode. Before going on commercial there is always a huge conflict about to burst out that leaves viewers glued to the TV screen.

Do we enjoy watching others being bullied or humiliated? All the drama that goes on in these shows seems to catch a lot of viewers attention. Last season on the "Jersey Shore" show, Snooki got punched in the face by a man at the bar. The erupted violence...
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