Reality Shows Help Shape Our Perception On Reality Essay

1028 Words Oct 18th, 2016 5 Pages
Reality television, as the name suggests, offers viewers a multitude of programs ranging from wilderness survival to a multitude of attractive woman vying for the attention and marriage of a singular man to the everyday lives of a family. These shows aim to provide entertainment to audiences, giving them insider access to the apparently unscripted events and relationships of the contestants. While filmed and edited to appear as if everything occurred naturally, without directing and prompting, reality shows help shape our perception on reality. These perceptions, in turn, perpetuate ideologies and naturalize the process of reality shows.
This paper will focus on the argument that the wedding reality show, Say Yes To The Dress, purposefully edits and films in order to naturalize the process of filming and shape our sense of reality. First, the camera angles, framing shots, pan overs and establishing shots will be discussed in their part to emulate a viewers omnipresence. Next, how the content, such as participants interviews, voice overs, and anecdotes lend to a further sense of realism. Finally, a brief analysis of the heteronormative and patriarchal ideologies that Say Yes To The Dress perpetuate.
According to Raymond Williams (1977), there are three defining factors of realism in drama: it has a contemporary setting, concerns itself with secular action, and it is socially extended. Say Yes To The Dress fulfills all three requirements. Kleinfeld Bridal, the boutique where…

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