MK 354 Spring 2010

February 8, 2010

Hooked on Reality

Filed under: blog #2, Uncategorized — carolinerichov @ 1:47 pm

There is no denying it: at one point or another you tuned in to see what was happening on The Jersey Shore. If, perhaps you wanted to save a couple brain cells, you may have watched who was getting kicked off American Idol, getting intimate on The Bachelor, losing the most weight on The Biggest Loser, or causing drama with The Real Housewives. Whatever your show of choice may be, there is no denying that reality television has become an integral part of our lives. 

Reality shows have captivated audiences and topped the ratings. They are definitely “sticky”. As Heath and Heath explain, “to be surprising, and event can’t be predictable” (71).   Different from the classic sitcoms and drama, which can sometimes seem cliché and repetitive, reality shows are unscripted and play out in unpredictable ways.  Watching ordinary people react to bazaar scenarios and unreal situations, an audience doesn’t know what to expect. Always curious to know what these ordinary individuals will do, the “knowledge gap” keeps viewers wanting more.

Producers of reality shows often add in unexpected challenges for participants.  By relocating, taking exotic trips, adding new group member, enforcing eliminations, and bringing back previously eliminated participants; reality shows are always surprising the audience with the unpredictable.

It seems as though many of us are often ashamed of watching certain reality shows.  The reality is, producers know how to draw is in and keep us stuck on watching them. They are unscripted, unpredictable, and unexpected.


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