In what ways has the genre of reality television been lost through the hybridization and diversification of programs?
Reality TV is essentially unscripted programming that doesn’t employ actors and focuses on footage of real events or situations. Reality TV does not rely on writers and actors, and much of the show is run bu producers and a team of editors. The defining aspect of reality TV is probably the manner in which it is shot. Whether the show takes place in a real setting with real people. Like the one we watched on the workshop: “Cathy come home”, which recorded the real-life of homelessness who lives in British in that background. It shoots in front of a live studio audience that participates in the program or uses hidden surveillance, reality TV relies on the camera capturing everything as it happens.
Following the development of television programs, reality tv become more and more popular and there are more new things appears in reality. The quality of reality tv shows and how they affect a viewer’s brain has been a constant topic of debate. Some viewers claim the shows give a wholesome and unfiltered view of real life. Others point out that many series focus on cheap gags, trashy content and careful editing to entertain and build tension. Perhaps the only uncorrupted territory in reality tv is the tournament-style programs – the shows with contestants that complete right before your eyes. Even if those reality shows are a bit overproduced, they’re volumes more genuine than these scripted, edited and entirely unreal “reality” tv shows.
However, now reality tv does not only the show that shooting and recording real people’s lives, but it’s also more likely an easy, relaxing tv show that could bring laughs to the audience. That is why reality tv has become a household commodity in just a few short years. reality tv allows people to imagine gaining fame through media exposure. People can simply sit and fantasize about becoming a celebrity themselves. Personally, it is my belief that reality shows have become more and more popular because people want to fit into the social norm and the dream of a euphoric lifestyle.
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