An Analysis of the Reality TV Show 'The Biggest Loser'

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Reality TV Analysis: The Biggest Loser Introduction Traditional television (TV) programming has always been categorized into two categories, that of melodrama and satire. However, in recent years, reality TV has emerged as a new category that revolutionized not only TV programming, but also the way people experience narratives/stories delivered through the TV (as the mass medium). In reality TV, the audience experiences life as it is lived by the "actors" or participants in the reality show. While some reality shows use competitions among real-life actors or participants, others have used the camera as a constant companion, documenting every action and event in a person's life. This paper discusses the nature and dynamics of reality TV as reflected in the TV show The Biggest Loser. In the discussion that follows, The Biggest Loser will be analyzed in terms of its function to the audience as a reality TV show. In addition, components that make up the reality show will also be discussed, focusing particularly on the use of hyper-realism, technological reflexivity, tabloidization, and postmodernism in the show's structure and content. The Biggest Loser: Producing the reality of 'big life changes' through weight loss In understanding the way weight loss reality programs operate in general, author Blaszkiewicz (2009) conducted a comparative analysis of weight loss shows shown in the US and Canada, The Biggest Loser and The Last 10 Pounds Bootcamp, respectively. In her

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