The Reality of Reality Television Essay

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The Reality of Reality Television Jacqueline Knudsen ENG122: English Composition II Jenna Fussell February 2, 2013

The Reality of Reality Television Have you ever set there watching your favorite reality television show and wondered what effects it could have on you, your family or your friends? Truth is most people do not think about the effects television shows can have before watching them or allowing their children to watch them. This paper will discuss rather reality television is real or fake, what the appeal of reality TV is, how reality television has changed television viewing habits, and the impact of reality television. Even though reality television can be
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This just seems to prove that it doesn’t really matter all that much to people if what they are watching is one hundred percent real or true as long as it is interesting to them. Reality television seems to be very appealing to people, although much of the content remains negative to a certain extent. Different reality shows seem to have different appealing attributes. Such as the appeal of “American Idol” is the audience interaction. The people who watch it like the feeling that they are included in the decision making. To some it gives them the feeling of power. Then there is “Jon & Kate plus 8” which people watch because it tends to make them feel better about their lives. Watching the fights and problems between Jon and Kate for example makes people feel better about their own marriages or relationships. On shows such as “Survivor” the people can fantasize about becoming stars because they watch these ordinary people attain celebrity (Hicks, 2009). Then you have the appealing attributes that seem to come with every reality television show. Such as, it allowing people to experience a range of emotions that real life doesn’t generally bring. Another appealing attribute is that watching reality television shows also help us to identify as part of a community. Such as, being opposed to a certain show could give you something to talk about at work with coworkers who feel the

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