Reality Tv Essay

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Reality TV has become a crucial part of television programming and has become increasingly popular in the past few years. We are attracted by the drama, and the ‘realness’ of the characters and plots, yet we know that reality TV is but an image of the truth. Nevertheless, reality TV continues to intrigue us in many ways, Silverstone explains “Our stories are both public and private. They appear within the sacred and the profane, claiming reality, playing fantasy, appealing to imagination.” (Silverstone, 40). Reality TV plays within the confines of our imagination; we obtain pleasure from watching others make ‘real-life’ decisions, and suffering the consequences. However, we are no longer able to differentiate information from entertainment; fact from fiction when it comes to reality TV. We watch reality TV to make up the emptiness we feel in our lives, we are attracted to what it familiar to us, and reality TV provides us exactly what we need to fill that gap. The desire to know that we’re not alone in this world, keeps us fascinated with the happenings of reality TV programs. The reality TV program The Biggest Loser shows a group obese participants vying for the grand prize reward by attempting to lose as much weight as possible through various means. We identify with their pain of having an undesirable body shape, and the desire to change our circumstances. Aside from that, we are able to relate to the group of participants, who against the odds are striving to reach their goals. As we continue to watch, we pin our hopes on a character that we strongly identify with and silently support him as we sit in front of our TV sets. In the end however, regardless of who wins, we are happy to know that even ‘the biggest loser’ can be a winner if they work hard enough to reach their goals. Reality TV constantly

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