The Value of Reality Television

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Risky: The Values of Reality Television Reality television has taken over television entertainment as the most popular genre of television broadcasting. Reality television is an unscripted programming genre that follows real life events of ordinary people and often celebrities for certain periods of time. The concept of reality television is popular however, it is not new. Survivor is mostly known for being the first reality television show to debut on a network. However, according to (Sannah, 2011), An American Family debuted on PBS in 1973 therefore is the first in class in this genre. On this particular reality show filmmakers followed the Loud Family in Santa Barbara for seven months. Since then American audiences have been exposed to shows like, Candid Camera, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Jerry Springer, and Cops, and more recently we have moved into more entertainment based, game show reality, and competition based reality TV. Media experts predicted the 2001 season of reality shows would be the beginning of the end of this genre stating, “over-scheduling tend to lead to overkill” (Gardyn, 2001). Clearly those that predicted this were wrong. There are an abundance of reality based programs on most networks from cable to regular network television. The majority of reality television shows being promoted today do not add any value or substance to human life or behavior. Reality television appeals to cultural values, while encouraging risky or inappropriate behavior among young viewers. The appeal of reality television is different for every individual. Reality television shows exploits the cultural values in many ways. Cultural values are commonly held standards of what is acceptable in society. The Jerry Springer Show debuted in 1991. This show crossed many boundaries related to…...

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