Reality Television: The Background And Effects Of Reality TV Shows

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1.0 Introduction 1.1 Background of the Issue Television is no doubt playing a vital role in our lives. Today, almost every home has their own television. One of the most popular genres of television programme is the reality TV. Ever since 1950s, Reality TV has evolved from radio game show and talent show to hidden camera show to dating show to documentary-style series. The genre now include unscripted dramas, makeover sagas, celebrity exposes, lifestyle-change shows, dating shows, talent show and just about any kind of possible competition. Now, reality shows are all over the peak viewing time slots on major networks and cable channels. In any night, you can watch “America’s Got Talent," "Dancing with the Stars," "Survivor," "American Idol," "The Amazing Race," "The Voice," or "So You Think You Can Dance" -- to name just a few. By definition, reality TV is essentially unscripted programming that doesn 't employ actors and focuses on footage of real events or situations. (Metz, 2007) 1.2 Current Situation With the increasing number of reality TV shows in the 2000s, this genre has become one of the most popular forms of entertainment in first world country. An example would be America, in spring 2008, the number of TV viewers in the country that where watching reality shows alone amounted to 35.36million. Even with this incredible amount of viewer, the quality of the show itself does not seem to improve from time to time. Reality TV shows that once the leading show in all of

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