Today’s lecture QUESTION TIME

Today the important people at the front of the class discussed and answered the questions that the Tuesday 2:30 class created.

Why has reality TV become so popular?
Keeping up with the Kardashians, Geordie Shore, Jersey Shore, The Real House Wives of New Jersey and many more bring ‘real’ drama to our homes. Reality TV is a guilty pleasure that many can shamefully admit to enjoy. We enjoy watching something that seems ‘genuine’, although it rarely is.
When one thinks of reality show, the reaction most of the time will be either ‘Reality TV is sooooooo bad’ or an embarrassed ‘Yea reality TV is my guilty pleasure’.
This got me thinking of Jersey Shore and all the ‘bar fights’, ‘bitch slaps’ and drunken hook-ups and I found this video of a man who PROVES TO THE WORLD that everything we are watching in Jersey Shore is fake.

Similarly, When the hit reality show The Hills finished, they revealed to the audience that everything that took place, what we thought was being filmed on the streets, was actually being choreographed in an LA studio.

When my friend saw the season finale of The Hills and how they did the ‘crazy reveal’, she was fuming. She hated that she had been lied to for five seasons and was disappointed that all the arguments were staged. This got me thinking, why is she so mad? Regular television shows like F.R.I.E.N.D.S are not real but that doesn’t take away from the fact that it was a brilliant television show. So why does it matter if reality television is real or not?

In answering the question, why are reality TV shows so popular these days? I would have to guess that it is because it is a guilty pleasure that we can’t help but love to watch. You don’t have to pay attention to the minor details you can just mindlessly watch it.

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