The Cons And Consequences Of Reality Television

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The manifest destiny of television technology is real-time viewing of all the places the audience is not. It is the ideal glance into the neighbor’s kitchen window, or through the bedroom door. The entertainment corporations found a way to make televised life commerce, so now it rules the airwaves.
Reality-based television is not novel, of course. Allen Funt, with his 1948 TV series Candid Camera is often recognized as reality TV’s first specialist. He actually started a year earlier with Candid Microphone on radio. Truth or Consequences began in 1950 and often used secret cameras. Both of these groundbreaking series produced man-made realities to see how commonplace individuals would react; the reality series of today derive a lot from these
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It was uncommon in its emphasis on an apparently unexciting family named the Louds, who sheltered dramatic secrets. This series thrust the documentary genre outside its customary constraints. The daily lives of the Loud family were spectacles to behold. The televised conclusion of the parents to divorce and the on-screen coming out of their gay son stunned spectators in the 1970s. It was determined that this form of television production no longer fit the documentary category and that it demanded a new name. We now call it reality TV. The Osbornes and Nick & Jessica now define the reality-soap genre established with the Louds. Non-celebrities can have their own mini-show by auditioning for Supernanny. All of these series share a prevailing trait of the reality-soap genre: they find captivating storylines in hundreds of hours of videotaped life and, through meticulous writing and editing, mold the real-life subjects into reality-show characters. Reality TV moved from observation to storytelling in a way traditional documentaries did …show more content…
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition has had significant social impact in impoverished communities. Amish in the Country made the city inhabitants look trivial. The PBS variation on Survivor brought us 1900 House in 2000 and Colonial House in 2004, with several other educational versions in between. America’s Most Wanted has essentially assisted in catching 842 actual criminals. Can reality television truly contribute, as well as destroy, the social landscape?
We might never be able to give answers without raising an ethical question for every inquisition asked in the first place. It was economics, not philosophy that accelerated the decisions to schedule reality television. At the start of television, television networks desired lower-cost platforms to balance higher cost drama and comedy. Reality-based programs wed low-cost production practices from news with narrative storylines from drama and comedy.
The range of reality shows is comprehensive. There have been innocent times – think feel-good talk shows such as Ellen. There have also been reality shows with more adult themes – think Taxicab Confessions and Real Sex. The confessional culture has endured from Phil Donahue to

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