The Reality Of Reality Television Shows Essay

1469 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 null Page
Television has become so engrained in our society that it is probably our number one source of entertainment. Unfortunately, there seems to have been an exponential increase in the popularity of reality television shows. To me this is alarming. At what point does the portrayed “reality” become harmful? Through research and personal experience, I have concluded that reality television shows have nothing positive to offer society.
I often see segments of reality shows on television and cannot help but wonder where it all started. My earliest memories of these shows were while I was in high school around the years 2005 to 2007. It turns out that reality shows have been on the air for decades. “The first show of its kind didn’t air until the 1970’s, with “An American Family”” (Glouner, Flores, and Tomback 1). After viewing scenes from the show An American Family, I felt like it was a more authentic representation of the family dynamic. It came off more as a viewing of someone’s home videos. It was nothing like what you would see in a reality show that would air today. Most of the reality shows on modern television are wrought with false perceptions of reality, perpetuation of negative stereotypes, and acts of violence and aggression.
One major problem is that people feel like these shows are full of real people with real problems whom are relatable. When it comes down to it, what we see is not always true: The weakness of the reality TV as entertainment concept is that real…

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