Where’s the ‘Real’ in Reality Television?

There is an incredibly valid reason to a television being condemned as an “idiot box”, it is due to the fact that it is known to regurgitate reality shows (more like trash TV, merely a guilty pleasure). But, that does not stop us from binge watching such torturously forged and highly scripted shows. It seems to become a part of our fast paced daily lifestyle, “let’s take off some steam from a hard day at work by ordering some Chinese takeaway and watching an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, because their issues and conflicts are such a farce when compared to mine!”. It somehow gives us immense pleasure in laughing at “so called celebrities” and their non-existent controversies. Brainless television is a pawn that derails us from the real hurdles of our lives, hence reality shows are the way to go for a relaxing, rejuvenating experience (because spas are so totally overrated!) It also seems to be a cheaper alternative to view an episode of your favourite show online rather than experience a session at the spa, money’s worth, I tell you!

Gossip fuels rumours, rumours create friction, friction leads to controversies and controversies are a reality television producer’s best friend. Just imagine, The Bachelor being aired without the contenders ripping each other’s hair out in order to gain their one true love…cue the swoon worthy, romance filled montage sequence (more like a fight for fame and screen space). Even though the cat is out of the bag and revelations have been made in conjecture to the immense scripted nature of reality television shows, it is not a surprise that reality shows have a wide mass appeal and continue to enhance the fake, distorted ‘reality’.

“You are playing with people’s emotions quite a lot – that’s sort of the name of the game.”

Having heard of the famous saying, ‘sometimes all it takes is one moment to fall in love, love at first sight is how I found my soulmate’, one may think the concept of love at first sight is humanly possible. However, marriage at first sight is taking it too far, if you ask me! The popular reality show ‘Married at First Sight’ elucidates exactly what the name of the show states: boy meets girl, strangers become a couple the next instant, are legally married off, instructed to stay married to each other for six weeks, and at the end of the six weeks the couple are given a choice (finally!) to decide if they want to stay married or get divorced.

In conclusion, drama ensures popularity amongst audiences, a wide mass appeal encourages ratings and so reality shows frivolously continue to circulate like the circle of life, never mundane and always filled with a thrill, more exciting than any roller coaster ride that you have ever experienced.

They’d call it “actuality”, as in, “We’re going to go and shoot an actuality scene.”
Why not reality?
Tom laughed. “Because it’s not reality.”

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