40 Hours of Television

The class is over, but the discussion continues. Does the media shape reality, or does reality shape the media? Art can imitate life...and life can imitate art. "40 Hours of TV" will explore the media and its impact on us all.

Friday, August 05, 2005

What Is Real?

When it comes to reality television, a question to ask is, "how real is it all?" Some would argue that there's nothing "real" about it at all, considering how shows have teams of story editors and producers who take the footage, craft a narrative, and even at times create the conflict between contestants.

The other point of view is that, even with the tricky editing and story editors, reality programs are as real as anything else in life, considering that real people are involved. After all, in life we "edit" ourselves by dressing or acting a certain way in public; most of us have a "public" face and a "private" face. Although at times I wish I had some story editors to make my life more compelling...


Blogger Billy Shears said...

Yes. That could be our goal. We strive to make our lives more like "Fear Factor" and then at some point down the line reality and TV merge. So now what's the good investment move? Worm futures.

6:59 AM  
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Blogger Matt Wisner said...

Good Questions! Thought provoking. It is as real as posible most of the time. To the people involved it is really their life. However, they have been put in extraordinary situations.

2:46 PM  
Blogger carrie said...

i'm so tired of the whole reality show concept. it's so formulaic

7:21 AM  

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