Friday, September 13, 2013

"Reality TV" - Really?

It is interesting to hear discussions about the "realness" of this or that particular "reality" television show.

But one point that is rarely discussed is- "real" or "fake" in comparison to what?

Stated differently, what exactly is REAL? and what isn't?

Like, what is the 100% genuine artifact that any so-called "reality" is compared to?

Take for instance a recent "reality" show, that in reality was only a "show" about a "reality show".

How convoluted.

It can most certainly be argued that television should be eliminated and not be watched, but that misses the point.

The fact that there exists a genre and term - "reality television" - simply begs some questions:

What is reality?

Who defines reality?

And, how do you know "real" when you see it?

Think about it.