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Reality Television

Good or Bad for society?

Kendall Kelly

on 19 May 2011

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Reality Television MOst reality Television shows are only used for a few laughs. You would think that they serve a reason to help teens or people with problems but it serves no value Fame can be included when you are on a reality television show. LIke Snooki from Jersey shore, she is extremely famous. ANd the women who hosts The Biggest Loser, she was originally on the show and now she hosts it. When you sign the legal document to be on that show, be sure to read the fine print. Fine print is very important to read because sometimes they will say something that would otherwise be somthing you do not want. Viewers cannot seem to get enough of the torture, embarrassment, temptation, and above all, drama of other regular, everyday people being placed in unrealistic settings and manipulated for the world to see. Where did these incredibly thriving and rapidly multiplying shows get their start? In 1973 PBS released the first reality television show: an unintentionally dramatic series called An American Family. The show featured a family, the Louds, who volunteered to let PBS film their lives for seven months. During this period of time the Louds encountered many difficulties such as the marital breakup of the parents, Bill and Pat, and their astonishment at the coming out of their son, Lance (Rowen, 2000). As the Loud family disintegrated, an amazing ten million Americana watched on with sick pleasure. Although three hundred hours of footage were shot of the family, only twelve were used for the show and the Louds later complained that the chosen footage and editing of the show gave a misrepresentation of their lives. However, the show’s drama spoke volumes and America listened with an eager ear. Years later MTV’s The Real World would become the darling of reality television and the inspiration for the average American’s fifteen minutes of fame, which continues to fuel the fire of volunteer based reality programming today. http://clearinghouse.missouriwestern.edu/manuscripts/409.php Resources: Buldini, Steve. "The Benefits of Reality TV Outweigh the Costs." Associated Content from Yahoo! - Associatedcontent.com. Web. 14 Jan. 2011. <http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/9516/the_benefits_of_reality_tv_outweigh.html>. "Reality TV Benefits ... In Reality : Blog Of The Nation : NPR." NPR : National Public Radio : News & Analysis, World, US, Music & Arts : NPR. Web. 14 Jan. 2011. <http://www.npr.org/blogs/talk/2010/08/10/129103908/reality-tv-benefits-in-the-real-world>. Radenhausen,, Jim. "Reality TV Advantages & Disadvantages | EHow.com." EHow | How To Do Just About Everything! | How To Videos & Articles. Web. 14 Jan. 2011. <http://www.ehow.com/list_6050346_reality-tv-advantages-disadvantages.html>.
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