Essay about The Reality Of Reality Television

1364 Words Nov 28th, 2016 6 Pages
There are a variety of popular culture phenomena that Americans are interested in. Reality television programs seem to be of particular interest to Americans. Reality television is defined as a television show, which continuously films peoples. According to Petracca “In 2009, Nielsen found that the amount of time the average American spent watching TV had increased again -- up to four hours and 35 minutes a day”(Petracca, 178). With the large amount of time that Americans spend watching television, it becomes hard to avoid reality television. There are many large popular reality television shows, such as Survivor, Big Brother, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and The Real Housewives. Competition reality television shows including, Big Brother and Survivor began in the 1990’s. While reality shows such as The Real Housewives, and Keeping up with the Kardashians did not begin until the late 2000’s. As a country, we have become fascinated with watching cameras follow around casts. It was originally believed that Americans watch reality television in order to be able to talk about the show with friends and because they are less smart than other viewers, however this were proved wrong by a survey (Reiss et al., 2001). The survey showed that Americans watch reality television because they want to gain status and fame (Reiss et al., 2001). Reality television allows viewers to imagine about gaining status though television. The reality shows often show normal individuals who then…

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