Reality Television



Realitytelevision is one of the many television-programming genres that areavailable in today’s television world. The definite differencebetween reality television and the other genres is that the programsrun under unscripted situations, which entails of actual happeningsand the cast be either known or unknown to the public. Furthermore,the genre highlights the personal conflicts and drama to a much vastextent compared to the scripted televisions programs such as talkshows and documentaries. Moreover, there are different types ofreality televisions shows, ranging from completion-based to real-timebased reality television shows. Inthe recent years, the reality television shows have gained popularityas reflected on the rating statistics that have shown an increase inthe number of fan base and viewership of the programs. The incrementin viewership of the reality television shows is one of the mainreasons as to why I choose to write about the topic.

Realitytelevision programs are virtually in every television station fromPBS to MTV, making most Americans get addicted to the ongoingsituations of the normal people put in extraordinary seemingsituations. Most of the reality televisions stars are normally of theyounger generation therefore, making their shows the more appealingto the younger television viewers. Subsequently, I being of the younggeneration, I find myself conforming to the ways of people my age,and I, therefore, choose the topic of reality television. Statisticson the television viewership has revealed that an overwhelming 68% ofpeople between the ages 18 to 29 years have admitted to lovingreality television show than any other genre of televisionprogramming (Kopp and Dawson, 2013). The statistics and research havegone further to reveal that the likeability of the reality televisionprograms arises high rising tensions and emotions andunpredictability of the programs and shows.

Manypeople, including myself no longer find any amusement in programsthat entail of properly constructed and crafted plots. Kopp andDawson explained that the unpredictability of the reality televisionprograms draws all the attention and amusement to the programs(2013). The producers of the reality television programs go throughthe herculean task of picking out the people that will feature in areality television show through the highlight of their everyday life.Prior to the shooting of the reality television show, the producerscast the viable cast that they think people would like to know about.In competition-based reality television programs such as the AmericanIdols, the competitors have to go through a thorough and rigorousauditioning process, after which judges will have to choose thecredible contestants (Kopp and Dawson, 2013). In comparison to theother television programs, reality television programs engage theaudience mostly through a voting process. Audience engagement andparticipation is also one of the main reasons why I choose the topicof reality television.

Realitytelevision shows have had a huge impact in the societal, politicaland cultural perspectives of several issues. For instance, thereality televisions voting for many have come as the first free, fairand credible elections that citizen of some authoritarian countrieshas participated in for the very first time (Kopp and Dawson, 2013).Subsequently, the settings of some of the reality television programshave properly addressed, and articulated phenomenon and situationsoften considered unorthodox and taboo in some of the world’sstringent cultures. In the recent past, the Arabic countries haveconformed to the Western cultures by embracing the airing of thereality television programs merged with their cultural beliefs.However, there have been controversies in the past as well where theyhad to stop the airing of a reality television program because ofcontradictory views with the cultural beliefs (Kopp and Dawson,2013). At the end of the day, reality television genres havepercolated deep in the societal point of view on the political andcultural fronts.


Kopp,M., &amp Dawson, M. (2013).&nbspRealitytelevision.Minneapolis, MN: Core Library.