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You HAVE the Right to know!!

While browsing through the TV channels last night a thought came to mind, a majority of all TV programming consists of reality TV shows. A reality TV is a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors (Wiki). 

One of the first reality TV shows I remember is Big Brother seasons airing in 1999.  I use to watch the show religious weekly to see who would get voted out of the house and catch the spicy arguments and fights. 

Or the notorious first seasons of the MTV show Real World.  This was the first reality TV show that linked popular culture to the big screen.  IT would video a group of 7 total strangers picked to live a house and see how many wacky hook ups and drunken fights they could get into. Well it was not that simple, it also brought social and cultural issues to the forefront in american culture. Like pregnancy and racism. Like the a character who had and later dies of aids.

Reality TV shows can be all of the following:

  • Talk shows (Oprah, Tyra)
  • Game shows (The Wheel of fortune, Who Wants to be a Millionaire)
  • Celeb shows (the most popular)
  • Hoax based (The X-Factor, and Pranked)
  • Job based (The Apprentice, I Wanna Work for Diddy)
  • Hidden Camera (MTV Boiling Point)
  • Talent Shows ( American Idol, Americas Best Dance Crew)
  • Dating Shows (Hell Date)


Reality TV reached its expansion period during the 2000’s. It has created stars and documented historic events. It is a way for America to see who we really are in a lense. Whether the images reflected are positive or negative, this is us America.  This is what you wanted. 

You have the right to know!


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