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Morris 1 William Morris 911118558 College Composition 1002 The Reality of Reality Television Reality television allows audiences all over the world to become a part of others lives from the comfort of their own home. It is no longer necessary to leave the couch to get front row seats for an extreme fighting match or to spend the day with a Playboy Playmate. Reality T.V. seeks to shock its viewers by publicizing the private lives of contestants for the benefit of a curious and media-obsessed society. A significant change in shock value can be seen over the span of a single season or over the course of several seasons of any reality television show on T.V. today. Producers are constantly pushing the envelope, aiming to make things more exciting or outrageous than the week before. The rapid development of reality television negatively affects our society because it causes audiences to believe that the extreme behaviors depicted are socially accepted as typical. “Jackass” has been featured not only on M.T.V. but was made into a movie in 2002 called “Jackass: The Movie” and was followed by “Jackass: The Movie Two” in 2006. “Jackass” is basically a group of fun loving guys who participate in outrageous and vulgar stunts for the simple reason that they enjoy putting themselves in extreme situations. The leaders of the group are Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, and a man nicknamed Steve-O. Together they have participated in stunts such as dangling over a pit
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Morris 2 of vicious crocodiles or riding a treadmill at full speed into a wall. The stunts performed are not the only alarming part of this program. Each show begins with the notice, “WARNING, the following program features stunts performed by professionals or under the supervision of professionals.
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  • Spring '08
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  • Television program, The Real World, Reality television, Jackass

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