Reality Television Stereotypes



RealityTelevision Stereotypes

RealityTelevision Stereotypes

Inmodern times, there has been much considerable interest in realitytelevision shows especially those that reinforce racial stereotypesand gender. According to many researchers crime, based realitytelevision has been their primary focus because they blur the linebetween fact and entertainment.

Dotelevision shows perpetuate stereotypes?

Peopleask themselves how reality television works. It is important thatpeople raised that reality television is unscripted. The writers ofthe reality Television shows do not write the pages dialogue thathappened between the characters. Instead, they rather create formatsthey then cast people based on character traits, and they later editthe scenes of the case so that they can tell a powerful andintriguing tale about the true story. It is, therefore, clear thatthe final product or show that is shown to the viewers is ratherexaggerated and the real picture of the cast people not depicted inthe show or story. I, therefore, agree that the writers of thereality television shows misinterpret the work of the realitytelevision shows.

Mostof the reality televised shows fit in two categories that include theplanned vs. the followed story. For the followed stories, is wherethe show is of a little structure and where everyday events becomestories such as The Osborne’s, The Real World and the A&ampE‘sAirplane. However, the planned stories are heavily formatted andbefore any shooting can begin, they are planned. (Baylor, 2008).Examples of reality television shows that are scheduled are TheAmazing race, survivor and the bachelor. The writers of thetelevision show only get the producer title, and they are left withthe mandate of creating beats and generating the dramatic structure.Films such as The Real World for 2 is a good followed story realitytelevision show, but the viewers complained too much that the showwas edited too much. I disagree with the fact that most of thewriters interpret the work of the reality television positively. Itis because, if the unedited footages of the reality TV shows wereaired instead of the edited ones, they could be very boring. It isbecause the majority of scenes of the cast people that have beencaptured are boring and therefore viewers would lose interest veryfast. (Hoorn, 2013). It is, therefore, important that the writersedit the scenes of the cast so as to relay the message better thatthey want to pass along. By doing that the viewer’s get to view themost captivating moments of the reality TV shooting without having towatch boring moments, and this saves them time.

Iagree with the fact the television shoes perpetuate stereotypes ofnot only one kind but also many. Reality TV is not drawing the linewhen it comes to perpetuating gender, ethnic and culturalstereotypes. A majority of the viewer’s takes the face value ofwhat is depicted in reality television and they fail to realize thatwhat is depicted on reality television. However, it is a ploy heavilyscripted producers to get high scores and for commercial benefits(Bang, 2010). The reason the reality television shows areperpetuating the various stereotypes is to ensure that they gainpopularity and the primary motivation behind all the hard work is toget better ratings. Perpetuating the stereotypes is the only way thatproducers can engage storyline to suit the viewers. It also acts asa natural and quick way that they can use to reduce the people tostereotypes(Bang, 2010). Many television watchers across the worldtune to their televisions every week so that they can watch realitytelevision because it acts as a chance or a guilty pleasure thathelps them escape from their realities. For this reason, most of theold genres of the reality television have slowed down, and people areembracing the modern ones that are full of stereotypes.

Itis now unquestionably apparent that the writers of the reality showsdo not misinterpret or over-interpreted, what the shows are doing ina positive way. It is because what they depict in the final showtakes much work before all the clips can be combined. In some cases,writers find that they are missing scenes and missing gaps ofstories. They, therefore, have to search for the footage, interviewthe participants thoroughly or even find a scene that has many sameemotional beats as the missing one. Such a process is tiresome andtherefore concluding that the writers over-interpret the work of theshows is not accurate. However, the reality television showsperpetuate stereotypes because in most scenarios the subject matterthat is shown on the television show is sometimes elicit andinfluences people badly. Most of the reality television shows have anegative influence especially on the youth and to the many families.There are some people who go ahead to copy what they see ontelevision shows that are atrocious.


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