The Effect of Reality T.V. on Children and Young Adult

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1057 words

What do you actually know about reality TV? Is it “real” or “fake”? The effect of Reality TV on children and young adults is a topic not often discussed in today’s society. These thoughts haven’t been expressed to its full content, showing both sides of the situation and for you to make your decision. Reality TV has affected everyone in a one way or another, but mainly affects children and young adults since their minds aren’t fully developed yet. People in today’s society are affected by the things we see and incorporate them into our day to day lives in some way. In today’s society everything you see, hear, and read it true regardless of where it started. Many people don’t really know how ‘reality TV’ actually works, how it influences our pop culture, and why people it’s more believable than their day to day lives.
Reality TV according to Oxford Dictionaries, is “television programs in which real people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining than informative.” Also on HowStuffWorks they define reality TV as “unscripted programming that doesn’t employ actors and focuses on footage of real events or situations.” Unlike dramas, sitcoms, and documentaries, reality TV relies on the cameras getting everything filmed and captured as it occurs. “This is Your Life”, was technically the first reality TV show in the early 1950’s, originally starting as a broadcast on the radio in the late 1940’s. “The Original Amateur Hour”(1948) set the stage for our modern talent shows such as “Star Search”, “American Idol”, “The Voice”, “Americas Got Talent” and many others.
In 1973, a different type of reality show premiered called “An American Family”. This show was a 12-episode documentary, filming the Loud family’s everyday lif...

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In this essay, the author

  • Explains that reality tv affects children and young adults, since their minds aren't fully developed yet. people in today's society are affected by the things we see and incorporate them into our day to day lives.
  • Defines reality tv as unscripted programming that doesn't employ actors and focuses on footage of real events or situations.
  • Explains that "an american family" was a 12-episode documentary filming the loud family's everyday life for seven months. many new shows showed the complexity of the current family portrait.
  • Explains that reality tv concepts are edited to the extreme. instead of having scripts, producers use outlines or shooting script. frankenbiting is used to edit together conversations to create completely new conversations or dialogue.
  • Explains that segments producers put together the shooting scripts and storyboards used to shape the direction they want the show to be in. segment producers aren't recognized by the writers guild of america, which is a bad turn for them.
  • Analyzes the influence of reality tv in the eyes of some psychologists is full of spite, vengeance, and lies. critics think it shouldn't be taken seriously because it's only tv.
  • Opines that reality tv has positive aspects, such as "hoarders" and "teen mom", which have helped lower the teenage pregnancy rate in the united states.
  • Explains that television has affected the way we speak, and has evolved over the years depending on shows aired year after year. tv catchphrases can sometimes make it into dictionaries if popular enough and gets the editors' attention.
  • Explains that reality tv isn't as real as it seems to be, and the conservation of racial stereotypes. the editors know that certain behaviors will get more air time and please the viewing audiences.
  • Explains that reality tv shows aren't put into situations to see how they are altered and made more interesting. the producers believe the edited film will result in the best entertainment value of anyone watching.
  • Cites metz, winifred fordham's "how reality tv works" and perritano, john. "what is reality tvu0027s influence on culture?"
  • Explains cassidy, sarah, "teenagers beguiled by false dreams of instant fame on reality tv."
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