The Reality Of Reality Tv Essay

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People watch media for different reasons. Reality TV is a common source of entertainment on various channels and media outlets. The purpose of reality TV is to “promise more drama, suspense, and laughter while pushing the envelope of what is morally and socially acceptable, funny, and, of course entertaining” (Glouner et al.). This type of media allows real people to connect to those on TV. Reality is not completely real, there are aspects of it that are scripted, rehearsed and completely altered (Crouch). Reality TV has existed for over 60 years. The first reality show debuted in 1948 and it was called “Candid Camera”. This show consisted of hidden cameras capturing pranks that were done to the contestants (History of Reality TV Timeline). This show was inspired by a radio show that hid microphones and it led to the creative thought of hidden cameras. Within a year and a half, the first game show was created (History of Reality TV Timeline). This is a different form of reality TV. People are able to demonstrate their intellectual ability on the spot. As it was seen in the documentary “The Quiz Show”, even game shows are not completely authentic. In the documentary it showed how the quiz show was rigged and people were hand picked to be on the show based on their looks. Most of the people were blonde and blue eyed, stereotypical American. In 1965, the first dating show was aired (History of Reality TV Timeline). The show was comprised of a female picking one male out of

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