The Faux Authenticity of Reality TV Saturday night, you have nothing to do so you turn on the TV, and the first show it displays is Man V.S. Wild. You wonder whether or not this show is true in its content, because the host could be getting some support behind the scenes. Reality TV is not truly authentic because the word “reality” has been trivialized, the content in the shows are often times distorted, and the advertisement for the shows portray only insignificant scenes. “Reality” in reality TV has morphed into the idea of entertainment rather than its definition being truth. The intention of these programs was, at first, to portray genuine occurrences in the lives of everyday people. Over time, TV stations and producers have twisted it, turning these situations into exaggerated truths. For example, in the show Operation Repo, two hosts are out to tow a construction vehicle because of the owners lack of payment. Almost immediately a verbal fight breaks out, then a physical fight, leading to the owner operating his vehicle, intentionally damaging the hosts’ truck, causing another physical fight. In reality, people argue for their car, but would not use physical violence or damaging property as a solution. Operation Repo is meant to show real life repossessions, but these situations the hosts are experiencing, are more of a sensationalized version of reality. Producers add more drama and fighting to make the show interesting to the viewers. Reality TV suggests you are seeing everything going on behind the camera, but you may not be seeing all of it. On Dirty Jobs, host Mike Rowe experiences different and usually filthy jobs, explaining how they are accomplished. One episode shows him inspecting a sewer, but throughout the program, the professionals are doing the job while he sits back and makes comments on it. Scenes of him making
jokes or freaking out because a rat ran across his lap, are the main focal point of the show, not what the job truly entails. In...
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