Proposal and Thesis
Over the years, television has evolved from a black and white static box consisting of two, three, maybe four channels to a plethora of different makes and models with endless possibilities and diversity. With this multiplicity and popularity usually comes controversy. Reality television plays a big role in modern day television networks today, debuting on almost every channel at some time of the day. Although some people may enjoy these reality shows, is that enjoyment worth the negativity that it brings the other people who do not enjoy it or have interest in it? In this essay, there will be depictions of the negativity and positivity in reality television and what it can bring to the table, as well as the authenticity that reality TV possesses and lacks. Tentative Outline
The reality in reality television
Validity of reality TV programs are usually composed and manipulated solely for entertainment. B.
The actors behind reality ‘stars’ put their reputation on the line just for an audience’s amusement. C.
Some reality shows are not just drama-filled trash, but is actually educational and are a positive perspective on reality TV such as Iron Chef or Pawn Stars. II.
Negative aspects of reality television shows
Reality TV can be viewed by people of all ages, including children who should not be watching most reality shows about drinking, sex and other adult topics. B.
Shows like Survivor and Real World: Challenge are good examples of dangerous situation that can arise from participating in a reality show that is made for pure entertainment. C.
The audience of a reality show becomes uneducated by watching the fantasies depicted by the shows, causing misunderstanding about real world topics. III.
Positive aspects of reality television shows
Particular shows are actually more educational than for entertainment such as American Restoration. B.
Some shows are good for the ‘contestants’ or participants of the show such as...
Bibliography: Barron, Jacob. "Reality TV...Real Good or Bad." Collegiate Times [Virginia Tech] 18 Nov. 2005. Web.
This source emphasizes the fake, staged side of reality television, and does it well
Christiansen, Peter. The “Reality” of Health: Reality Television and the Public Health. Washington DC: Peter Christiansen, 2008. Print.
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