Does Reality TV really portray reality?

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Does Reality Television really portray Reality?

Where will we be without them? There are at least one found in each home. Some people would actually do anything to get on it, while others believe that some of them are a bad influence to young people… Still wondering what it is? The one and only program sent from the highest heaven to bring laughter to a number of people with all it’s bleeped out swear words and demented attention across the world. Yes that’s right, the amazing, and unique, extraordinary reality television. These shows have taken over our lives, from X-Factor to American Idol, some of them had the most bizarre names found in history for example, ‘Get A Life’ or ‘Dog Eat Dog’. The reason for this is because the producers try to get attention for these shows by creating these names to make it stand out from the rest, so people would watch it which will give them more viewers.

TV companies enjoy reality shows because not only do they get paid a lot but they are cheaper to produce and they captivate a lot of younger viewers along their journey which advertisers admire, and so adding more money throughout their process.  

At least 96% of people in the UK watch reality TV, and one third of them are teenagers who are spending more than 4 hours a day watching these shows. Some people would compare this devious creation to a ‘devil’ as these naïve children are being possessed and controlled by it turning them into an addict. Considering they are ‘naïve’ they would get influenced by some of these people/celebrities that seem to appear in the shows and want to be just like them. This would lead these children’s to something that is totally opposite to the way they are. They would change the way they dress, behave, cause a lot of violence, or worst of all take drugs, and many other reasons just so they can ‘fit in’ or think that it is ‘cool’. Is this morally right? However like every coin have two sides, reality television is a great way for families to spend some time together, and fulfill their lives with joy as they gather round the TV waiting to be entertained and amused. Another reason why several people like watching reality TV because they are about real people in this world, which builds up their interest on what their background story is. Why do you think that a lot of people watch talk shows, celebrity interviews, and celebrity gossips? It’s to find out about how their life is really like outside the cameras. This clearly proves that people want to be nosy and know how somebody else’s life is, it’s just human nature, and it’s a great way to kill boredom. Moreover, reality television shows are recorded live most of the time, so it leaves people with consequence as they will thrive to see the next part.

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Reality shows are being watched everywhere by everyone. I’m sure everyone’s heard of X-Factor… one of the most popular franchise talent shows in all of UK. This show is very competitive, and involves a lot of criticism. Is that what life’s all about? Where little, lonely, lost souls surrender under the tips of Simon Cowell’s high heeled leather shoes begging for a chance in the spotlight just waiting for him to give a one word answer, ‘yes’; to make their ‘dream’ into reality as everything turns out to be very emotional at the end.  There are over a thousand auditions ...

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