The Realities of Reality Television: A Media Psychological Approach

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The Realities of Reality Television: A Media Psychological Approach Abstract Though the scope of this particular research paper limits itself to media psychology and reality-based programming, the scope of the field of research in general is vast. Media psychology becomes increasingly practical and necessary to effectively and precisely navigate the 21st century information age. Whether an avid academic or a blissful consumer, referencing media psychology as part of one's media consumptive experiences proves invaluable time after time. The world experiences a sharp and distinct increase in mediated experiences as part of daily life. Such a massive shift in how humans perceive reality and experience life because of media technology and media forms must have results and consequences that can be studied, tracked, and analyzed. This study forges in that direction. The paper studies and further hypothesizes the affects of reality-based programming on consumers with regard to their perceptions of actual reality as well as any behavioral and attitudinal changes they experience or enact as a direct result of reality-based programming consumption. Keywords: media psychology, reality-based programming, reality television, cinematic experience, perception, actual reality, reality construction Introduction: The advent of motion pictures and the cinema is an event that has created experiences that influence my society's reality. There are those artists, critics,
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