Reality T.V.

Why do people watch Reality T.V.? What makes it “reality”? If it is reality, why

can we separate our lives from theirs? Reality shows aren’t really reality, they just depict

small pieces of real life. Most people think of it as just an ordinary show. Others see it as

something that they can relate to everyday life. Given this; there are disputes while living

together, arguments, and actual fistfights can break out when viewing these types of

shows. Sounds like real life right?

When you actually put time and thought into it before you watch it, (most people

don’t analyze the tendencies of these shows) you begin to notice that a designated

number of people might act the same way in a different show, or may act the same way,

every time. These characters are developed as the show progresses, gaining

“specific” attitudes. The characters consist of the witty, shy, smart-assed loud mouth, and

a relatively mellow character. All must have encompass some traits; if they didn’t, it

wouldn’t really appeal to the viewers. You can’t make money out of something people

don’t watch.

The way society is designed, most people watch what is shoved into their faces,

and watch what is given. To watch these shows, you need the I.Q. of 1. Why does their

reality differ so much from ours? Society also determines how the people in the shows

act during the course of it. For instance, if two people are being evaluated, and they get

bad reviews, the editors of the show clip out parts that are “irrelevant”, and they show

parts of that person that would make them more appealing to the viewers. This isn’t right,

adjusting the way that a person is shown so that they be more appealing, with or without

the persons consent. This cant be real, Dramatizing people for the sole purpose of


Racial issues are in this as well; most shows consist of a variety of nationality.

They try to have at least one of each of the ethnic groups. This way, the show may draw

attention from viewers from different races. From my personal view, the directions of

these shows are headed down a one-way street, there’s hardly any character development.

Most of them center on just a few themes, including danger, dating and family feud

situations. This goes on and on from one show to the next. This isn’t something that we

have to struggle to understand. The shows require a little directing and a little fewer

screen writing. They compete for prizes which vary (cars, to money, even a

husband / wife!). Then to add to the drama, they add a twist; a person has to vote off their

friends, or the one least liked, some are even voted off by the actual people who watch

the show.

All in all, reality T.V. may be something that you and your friends and family can

sit back during the day to watch just to get a kick out of it. As for the reality part, you

may not find that much, if any at all. It may be the new thing in T.V., but its still got a

long way to go before it deserves the name “Reality T.V.”.