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"Game or Curse?" Reality TV can be looked at in many different ways; ruining the lives of many celebrities, such as Les Dennis and Vanessa Feltz, but also bringing fame and fortune for such contestants as Brian Dowling and Kate Lawler.

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Reality TV "Game or Curse?" Reality TV can be looked at in many different ways; ruining the lives of many celebrities, such as Les Dennis and Vanessa Feltz, but also bringing fame and fortune for such contestants as Brian Dowling and Kate Lawler. But there still is a big speculation to whether the genre is a game or a curse. The reality TV genre is a mixture 3 different genre. It's a mixture of fly-on-the-wall documentary, game show, and soap opera. The individual genre is based on an insight of people's lives, using various types of cameras and techniques to film an edit. The shows focus on the contestants' emotions, behaviour and reactions. Tasks are set for competition, and the winner usually receives a prize at the end of the show. The show usually lasts for around 9 weeks and the audience gets quite involved, as new tasks are brought in each week, bringing in elements of soap opera to the genre. All three genres are brought together to create a whole new genre, known as "Reality TV". Reality TV first began in America, around the early 90's, where a documentary featured a reality format. This was introduced by such shows as "Crimewatch" and various cop shows. The popularity of reality shows with a factual format increased towards the end of the 90's, bringing in shows such as "Emergency 999". ...read more.


Moral implications are also part of the appeal to the audience, providing an interesting show and again making more money. Reality TV has had a lot of support from the media, as it creates interesting press. The media benefit greatly from reality TV shows, making money from stories created from events on the show, and any rumours about the contestants. A good example of this is when the media discovered about Jade Goody's "one-armed lesbian" mother. This created huge press, exposing the unfortunate life of Jade Goody. The media have released a new gimmick for BB 4, where The Sun is offering �50,000 for the first couple who have sex in the house. This also shows that reality TV is quite dependant on the media for success, hoping for an outcome from this offer. Although the media has a big influence on reality TV's success, the press can often interfere with people's lives and the audience's perception of the contestants. There are obvious ethical concerns here. Although Reality TV shows are generally very successful, many of the viewers and contestants have different views of the genre. "Big Brother" encages a group of carefully selected people in an artificial environment, left to survive and interact with each other, like "caged animals", whilst being filmed and cunningly edited for the world to see, like a "human experiment". ...read more.


Although Reality TV is good entertainment for many viewers, the genre has generally proved to have many moral implications. Producers of these shows are able to change the rules of the show at any time, making it ethically wrong, as the contestants did not know this when they first signed up for the show. Many contestants from these TV shows admit to having a terrible experience whilst being on the show. Adele Roberts (BB3) "Can't leave the house without wearing a hat", whilst 'Nasty Nick' (BB1) "Fears going out after being taunted in the streets by the public", and Tim Culley (BB3) even moved to South Africa to escape the distressing memories of his time on the show. Although the print media has much to blame for the dreadful effect the show has had on many people's lives, the majority of the contestants also have themselves to blame for their losses, and must take responsibility for their own actions and free-will, and not just blame the producers. If Jade Goody (BB3) had not consumed so much alcohol whilst on the show, she may have been able to prevent herself from total embarrassment. The truth to whether the reality TV genre really is a 'game or curse' can really only be discovered by the actual contestants that experience the ordeal, the majority of which claim that it's a "plague that gets hold of you and doesn't let go." (All information taken from "The Curse of Big Brother") ...read more.

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