Reality TV Research

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Reality TV Research Why is that reality TV shows instead of encouraging, end up discouraging someone? The whole purpose of being a part of a TV show is try to win because you feel confident in what you are competing for. However in shows such as Americas Next Top Model the judges seek for the contestants flaws and point them out. According to Jennifer Pozner’s “Ghetto Bitches, China Dolls, Cha Cha Divas” reality shows contradict themselves. Pozner points out that a contestant was asked what she felt she was more of, Korean or American. She said she had never really thought of it, she didn’t really know which one she considered herself more of. Why does she have to choose between either? Wasn’t she supposed to be unique? Feel confident in…show more content…
Even though the participants felt like it was bad to watch reality shows they watched them for self-purpose. They watched it for many different purposes the most common were; great escape, it offered an opportunity to sample other lifestyles, and an opportunity to contemplate what they would do in a similar situation. Not only that but another very different situation that I had not thought of, which was that reality television shows don't require viewers full attention “unlike scripted television dramas where they fall behind if they miss an episode” (221). This is great for college students and there chaotic schedules. The results indicated that even though there is a bad social stigma in watching reality shows the college students still watched them for self-purpose. The next article I found was called “ An Exploratory Study of Reality Appeal: Uses and Gratifications of Reality TV Shows,” by Zizi Papacharissi and Andrew L. Mendelson. Papacharassi et al. discuss the results of a survey done to reality television viewers. Uses and gratifications of watching reality television shows is based on five assumptions: behavior is with a purpose, viewers select media based on there specific needs, viewers are influenced by many social factors, viewers know of there specific needs and know if the media is satisfying it or not, and all the media compete to be the most popular. The survey results of why
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