In this paper I will be reviewing both academic and journalistic articles on the hit series MTV’s The Real World. Both articles took different approaches when critically looking at the television show. The amount of evidence that was offered in the academic essay was significantly bigger than what was offered in the journalistic essay. The academic essay I looked at came directly from our textbook, it was “Constructions of Reality on MTV’s The Real World: An Analysis of the Restrictive Coding of Black Masculinity” by Mark P. Orbe. This article made claims such as “The Real World is not about characters following a pre-determined script, but rather the real life experiences of young people…that work to unmask and deconstruct racial and gender stereotypes”. The journalistic article I chose to review was found online on the RollingStone website, it was “The Real World' Keeps Turning: How MTV's Hit Survived to Season 29” by Andy Greene. In his review Greene mainly talked about how long the series has lasted rather than touching on what the text is about. On the other hand Orbe provides plenty of evidence on how this text shows “the ways in which this programming format contributes to the hegemonic power of racial images in reinforcing a general societal fear of Black men.”
One of the most noticeable things between the two papers was the length. The academic article by Orbe was fourteen pages long in the textbook, without adding his references, while on the other hand the journalistic article by Greene was more of a Q&A with the producer of the text. Greene had about 12 questions answered by the producer and some answers were short. The length differences in both papers was mainly due to the fact that Orbe’s academic article backed up it’s arguments with proof and sources making it longer and more credible. Greene’s journalistic article did not really make an argument; it was all Q&A filled with the producer’s opinions, making it way shorter than Orbe’s. When...
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