An Explosion of Reality Television

1968 WordsFeb 1, 20188 Pages
In the last decade, the explosion of Reality TV programmes has revealed the viewers preferences for realism as oppose to fiction. Both of them (documentary and Reality TV) are based on ordinary lives and real stories, nevertheless it is crucial to remark that even though Reality TV is influenced by earlier observation documentary, these current shows are based on entertainment. If Reality TV is such a hit with audiences, why does the most critical commentary regard it a negative light? Traditionally, documentary is considered a “sober” genre (Nichols, 1991) with a solid tradition of social commentary, while Reality TV is seen as an insignificant genre. On the other hand, the increase of new hybrids formats erasers this idea finding documentaries based on entertainment and reality shows based on social issues. “New hybrid versions of documentary and reality television produce a new kind of public sphere in which shared knowledge and the experience of the everyday take center stage”, (Bignell, 2005:71). This reinforces the idea that Reality TV has broken the boundary between private and public. The audiences’ desire is to feel the guilty pleasure, a voyeuristic experience of feeling part of ordinary people’s lives and demand to watch it on television. Baudrillard claims this idea is based on “a kind of primal pleasure, of anthropological joy in images, a kind of brute fascination unencumbered by aesthetic, social, moral, or political judgments” (Baudrillard Representing
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