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A genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors.

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How I Hate Reality Television and Wish It Would Go Away!

  • Feb 26, 2010
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I am a frequent watcher of CNN and every once in a while a tidbit from reality television makes its way to its broadcasts (ex. A guy punching a woman on some MTV show).  I may have said it in my headline above but I will repeat it.  I do not want to know anything about these mindless programs that makes stars out of idiots!  I do not care to know who the Bachelor didn't give a rose to, who Simon sniped on or if John (thank goodness I don't know his last name) cheated on his wife/girlfriend.

There is much intriguing stuff going on in the world with news being available to watch 24 x 7.  I would much rather watch hearing with Senators making fools of themselves or berating someone for something the Senators have very little knowledge about themselves (their pompousity is much more intriguing to watch) because they can.

How people can waste time at the water cooler chattering away about who Trump fired or who they thought will be the next idol is beyond me.  I want to hear about my co-worker problems on the job.  I want to get to know about what really interests them and their families.  I want to know what is holding them back from advancement.

But then again this is the society that loves to pursue stars when they are shopping, trying to spend some quiet time with their kids and if the paparazzi could, follow them into the restroom when they are trying to relieve themselves.  It is annoying what we have become and Reality Television seems to be the cherry on the sundae of a warped world.

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December 30, 2010
It amazes me how people who actually like reality shows get their kick from them - I can not understand for the life of me why one is interested in the ignorance of the people who DO the reality shows for other's so-called entertainment. There is enough fighting, arguing, bantering, and disagreements in the real world today that we don't need to see it on TV for entertainment. I completely agree with you.
March 28, 2010
I don't know how I missed this one when you first published it but I totally agree with you. I find these types of programs to be a colossal waste of time. I could see some of these shows as maybe a one-time special but a weekly series?? You have got to be kidding me! I think this is one of the reasons I spend so much of my time reading. There is not a who lot to watch on TV these days. Great topic!
March 29, 2010
Thanks Paul, I would love to see your take on this as a review.
February 28, 2010
I think of people who like reality TV as people who are obsessed with sports or a specific team. People don't care if someone is a super fan of football or baseball, but when someone talks about a reality show its different. I'm not trying to go against your opinion, it's just I think of it differently I guess.
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Reality and TV don't mix. How real would you act if you had a camera in front of your face? Just a way for bad actors to get some ill fame!
Quick Tip by . August 25, 2009
I totally agree with Donna. A total waste of time. Kind of tells you about the sorry state of our culture.
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Reality television is a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors. Although the genre has existed in some form or another since the early years of television (primarily with game shows), the term reality television is most commonly used to describe programs of this genre produced since 2000. Documentaries and nonfictional programming such as news and sports shows are usually not classified as reality shows.

The genre covers a wide range of programming formats, from game or quiz shows which resemble the frantic, often demeaning shows produced in Japan in the 1980s and 1990s (such as Gaki no tsukai), to surveillance- or voyeurism-focused productions such as Big Brother.

Reality television frequently portrays a modified and highly influenced form of reality, utilizing sensationalism to attract viewers to generate advertising profits. Participants are often placed in exotic locations or abnormal situations,[1] and are sometimes coached, to act in certain scripted ways by off-screen "story editors" or "segment producers," with the portrayal of events and speech manipulated and contrived to create an illusion of reality through editing and other post-production techniques.
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