Sunday, May 19, 2019
Essay on Reality Shows Should Not Be Banned
Reality television has become very general over the past decade with shows such as Survivor, Big Brother and The Apprentice attracting outstanding audiences and making a lot of money for broadcasters worldwide. A definition of reality television is quite fractious but at its most basic it means programmes that show things really taking place, rather than romp or comedy that follows a script. Typically reality TV involves a group of people who argon not trained actors being shooted in unusual situations over a period of time.Sport and intelligence activity programmes are not considered reality TV. Documentaries that explore aspects of society are a grey area, with some imminent to news reporting and others blurring into reality TV because they set up situations which did not already exist. Recently reputation versions of reality shows have made definition even harder, because they show the private lives of professional singers, actors, sportspeople, etc. as they cope with new situations.Reality TV is often a hot topic as proponents believe it paints an false and inappropriate portrait and is therefore bad for our society and the children that make up the majority of the audience. They call for a cut in the number of hours given over to reality programmes, or even to ban them completely. Opponents in the meantime maintain that people should be allowed to watch what they like, and that reality programmes make good TV, as shown by consistently high viewer figures.Reality TV is dishonest it pretends to show reality but it actually distorts the truth to outfit the programme makers. The shows are not really real they are carefully cast to get a mix of characters who are not at all typical. Mostly they show a bunch of young, bighearted self-publicists, who will do anything to get on TV. Usually the programme makers try to ensure excitement by picking people who are likely to clash with each other.They then place them in abnormal situations, such as the B ig Brother house or the Survivor island, and give them strange challenges in order to provoke them into behaving oddly. In The Bachelor, where a group of women compete for the affections of an eligible male, the intimate dates they go on are filmed in front of any number of camera that is not reality (Poniewozik, 2003).Finally the makers film their victims for hundreds of hours from all angles, but only show the most dramatic parts. Selective editing may be used to create storylines and so further manipulate the truth of what happened.