Reality shows vs the Truth

It seems today there is a reality show on every channel.  Even if you don’t tune into any of these reality shows, they are broadcast through the radio stations and posted everywhere on the internet.  There’s no avoiding it.

So how real are these reality shows?  Why are they getting so much fame?  And why are people tuning into them?  Is there really nothing else to watch anymore?

According to Winifred Fordham Metz, “Reality shows also often use a host to run the show or a narrator to tell the story or set the stage of events that are about to unfold. Unlike scripted shows like sitcoms, dramas and newscasts, reality TV does not rely on writers and actors, and much of the show is run by producers and a team of editors. Because of this, it can be a very affordable programming option from a production standpoint — and it’s why networks are scrambling to add reality content in the wake of the Writers Guild of America strike.”

Ben is ABC’s latest bachelor on “The Bachelor”, a reality show about 20 different women getting a chance to win over Ben’s heart.  He goes on dates with the women and eliminates each one by one until there is only one last standing at a chance to win the “final rose” and get proposed to.  What a dream come true, right?



How much of this show is fiction and nonfiction? Metz says, “While it certainly varies from show to show, consider this: All of the concepts were created by someone (usually the producer), the people who populate the show were auditioned or hired in some way, and, while the footage may be real, it is usually extremely edited.”

These reality shows are so much of a hit that these characters end up next to celebrities – if they haven’t yet booted celebrities completely out of the entertainment news and gossip magazines industry.  Here are The Kardashians enjoying Easter together – as one big happy family.  Sounds believable, right?


About thaoma08

I am a current student at Metropolitan State University majoring inTechnical Communication and Professional Writing. This major interested me because I've always enjoyed writing. In 2007, I graduated with an Associates of Science Degree in the paralegal program at Inver Hills Community College. I work in a law firm in St. Paul, MN as a paralegal. My job duties requires a large amount of writing and communication. I feel this major will benefit my professional career and my personal life because of my day to day interaction with others both oral and written communication.

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