How Real Is Reality TV?
Just how real is reality TV. While it certainly varies from show to show, consider this: All of the concepts were created by someone (usually the producer), the people who participate in the show were auditioned or hired in some way, and while the footage may be real, it is unusually extremely edited. Reality shows typically don't have scripts, but there is often a shooting script or an outline that details aspects of an episode or part of the show. Ultimately, reality producers and editors have a lot of control over what happens on the show just by the sheer fact that they have put the people together in certain situations, and they are controlling what footage gets aired and what doesn't. Reality TV shows are supposedly populated by real people, not actors. But in reality, a lot of real people auditioning for these shows are out- of- work or would be actors trying to get screen time. You can go on and on with your analysis till you come to the conclusion that reality shows are in reality a hoax on reality and the winner of the last show, who shocked many, might not have been the real winner. Even many of the contestants, eliminated earlier in the show, could have lasted longer. And much of the fight amongst the judges during the show might have been fake and staged as per the invisible script to push up the ratings of the show. Even their rebuke of the participants might not have been real nor an imaginary triangular affair amongst the participants in one of the most popular shows, which was played up by the judges for the same purpose. But as long as it's interesting, no one seems to be complaining – people will keep coming back for more. Love them or hate them, reality shows are here to stay, and growing in number each year, it seems.
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