Reality tv essay

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Good Sara Good Sandy Fimbres RWS 100 11:00 26 November 2007 Reality Television’s Lack of Reality What bombards our television sets all day, everyday, that not only passes time, but also serves as a reality check to reassure us that our lives, family, and careers are not all as dysfunctional as they seem to be? The “reality” of television. However real this virtual escape may seem, the reality in reality shows is quite nonexistent. Stuart Fischoff, a credible psychologist with twenty five years of experience under his belt argues that reality television is more or less staged in his article, “Confessions of a TV Talk Show Shrink”, published in a 1995 issue of Psychology Today , a magazine geared towards those associated with the field of psychology. Likewise, Debra Seagal provides proof in this assertion from her former work as a writer for such television shows in her article, “Tales from the Cutting-Room Floor”, published in Harper’s Magazine , a magazine targeted towards those who want to gain an influential insight on debatable topics in 1993. Neal Gabler, on the other hand, is able to contrast the views of reality television and compare them with the exploitation of people on the news in his essay, “Grieving for the Camera”, published in 1996 in The Pittsburg Post-Gazette , a newspaper intended for an educated audience. By taking Gabler, Fischoff and Seagal’s suggestions that the “reality” on television is not as real as it is made out to be and applying it to an episode of a well known show, one can easily see what they are talking about. Reality television is misleading because not only does it influence the way some guests act on, but it also 1
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Good serves as a temporary sense of fame and luxury one may not ever have the opportunity to get again. Adding to these already serious problems, reality television can mislead a guest with false promises of help, and rather, further worsen the problems once the guest leaves the stage and faces life in the real world again, creating a vicious cycle of guests that will keep the business of reality television alive. Guests of a talk show may think appearing on a talk show is a harmless way to seek temporary fame and tell their stories, but few realize how much television producers and set directors are able to pry out of them without even trying. As Stuart Fischoff points out, “Guests are given no warning that the electrified climate of the set will loosen their tongues and obliterate their self-protective sensibilities. That would spoil the fun” (Fischoff 69). Clearly, the creators and directors of talk shows aren’t out to help people,
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This note was uploaded on 04/08/2008 for the course RWS 100 taught by Professor Avner during the Fall '07 term at San Diego State.

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