Reality behind Reality TV shows

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We can’t deny the fact that the television is the most influential form of media today. Just imagine how life would be so boring without a television.  Of course TV has a great impact on people because it is a good source of knowledge, education, information and entertainment. But the real question is, do televisions give us the whole truth?

This is where reality televisions comes in. Reality televisions are television programs that present real people and real situation which is often monitored by the public. Producers, advertisers, sponsors, and anyone who has a role in making reality shows benefits so much from this.  Here in the Philippines, the most popular reality TV show is the Pinoy Big Brother. I was once an avid fan of this. During my high school years, I would stay up late every night just to watch PBB. I even jumped for joy when the person I idolize became the big winner.

It’s just so amazing how they became big after the show. Because you know, they all started as normal people. Then out of the thousands who auditioned, they were given the chance to  enter  the Big Brother house , live there everyday life ,get monitored by the public, and when the show ends, they’re already celebrities and have a bunch of supporters screaming their name. Astonishing right?

Notice the people who won such reality shows. They are the ones who stay true and disclose themselves more often. This reflects to the viewers that if they would disclose themselves with other people and show their true color, they can build strong relationships and gain support from people. Of course, most people want to become instant celebrities too.  But because not everyone is given the chance, their behavior towards blogging, video and photo sharing are affected. Blogging has become their means of sharing their personal lives to the people. Video and photo sharing become their way of showing people that they have the capability of becoming celebrities. Who knows? You might be the next Youtube Sensation like Justin Bieber and Charice Pempengco. 

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Yes, there is nothing wrong with disclosures. It’s just that Reality TV Shows show to the public that it’s okay to be open, and it’s okay to share everything to anyone because celebrities also have done it themselves. But the sad fact is, everything is just a façade. Reality TV shows are not as real as what we thought it would be. Most of it is scripted just to add color and spice to the show.  Celebrities have to keep their privacies too. And as a clueless fan, thinking that everything is for real, there you are revealing your true self to the public and trying so hard to become famous. The fact that people are risking their own privacy just to imitate celebrities disturbs me. Now that you know about this, would you still fantasize reality TV show? Would you still risk you own privacy for nothing? Think about it.

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6 responses to “Reality behind Reality TV shows

  1. but I only watch these for entertainment, not for drama. It is your decision if u watch reality T.V and ur decision to follow them or not. Reality tv is for entertainment purposes basically and it is obviously not always reality.

    • Interesting topic… this can lead to a lot of arguments and controversies. I do agree that some of the reality tv shows like PBB often bring popularity and instant stardom to the participants and I do agree negative things may happen when average people are thrust into the limelight.

      But not all reality tv shows are like this. It really depends on what type of reality show you’re talking about. There are reality tv shows that I believe contain positive messages for viewers. I am such a bummer when it comes to Amazing Race, Survivor, Pawn Stars, The Pickers, Cake Boss, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, reality tv shows on TLC, Discovery Channel and NatGeo! These shows teach world cultures and geography and take me places that I’ll never be able to visit. These shows feature breathtaking scenes from all around the world. They feature contestants whose lives and relationships are changed for the better because of their experiences. It is often very inspirational.

      I’m not saying that I abhor watching fictionalized drama and camera-hogging reality tv shows, coz I don’t. I do/did watch Jersey Shore, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, The Voice, American Idol (to name a few) and these shows are considered “crap” but I only watch these for entertainment, not for drama. It is your decision if u watch reality T.V and ur decision to follow them or not. Reality tv is for entertainment purposes basically and it is obviously not always reality.

  2. Benazer Jardeliza

    I am also an avid fan of those reality tv shows. It’s cool to see an ordinary individuals turn into famous ones . Somehow you witnessed how they started and struggled just to reach their goal .. maybe some of those were scripted, but i believe that most of what they are showing are still the real them 🙂

  3. Ney

    I just watch TV shows when I have nothing else to do. Well, it’s obvious that it’s not pure reality. I mean, there’s something added to make the show exciting. People watch TV to be entertained. And it would be useless if the show that they are watching isn’t entertaining.

  4. Reality TV has its negative and positive thing. I mean, some reality TV like discovery channel and such brings good effect, it gives you real life lessons and they are pretty fun to watch. But some shows are mostly negative, fake people and those five-minutes-fame thing annoys me. it really depends on the person if he/she would turn herself/himself in the national television and expose themselves too much. For me, I’m just a fan of some reality TV but i will never ever go on a show and do something that might ruin my future.

  5. Jerlyn

    I’m also a fan of reality tv shows and I’ve also wondered how they can make every episode interesting, exciting and dramatic enough to make the viewers want more. I agree with what you said about reality tv shows being scripted. The entertainment industry doesn’t only make shows for for fun or for pleasure. They have to cater to the viewers wants and needs. The more drama and tension, the more viewers. However, not every part of the show is scripted. The reason why people love watching reality tv shows is because they can relate to it. They know it can happen in real life and watching events unfold can be fun. I have nothing against reality tv shows but I don’t “worship” them either. I watch them only because they are very entertaining but a small part of my brain still screams “scripted” whenever I watch one.

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