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Reality TV Background • When did reality TV start? • An American Family originally aired on PBS in 1971 • They shot 12 episodes • What show revived reality TV? • Survivor in 2001
Questions to Consider • 1. Why is reality TV so popular? • 2. How realistic is reality TV? Consider characters, story lines, behavior, etc. • 3. Which reality TV shows are more realistic? • Impact of reality TV • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhbqD7jZdJ8
Questions continued • 4. What – if any – negative social/cultural issues have emerged as a result of reality TV? • 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, The Bachelor/ette, Celebrity Rehab • 5. How might staged “reality” shows affect your perception of reality? • 6. How does editing play into how characters are perceived?
The Dark Side of Reality TV • Which came first, troubles or fame? • Mental Problems • In a study published by The Journal of Research, when celebrities were given personality tests, the results for narcissistic personalities for reality TV stars was off the charts • Reality TV isn’t necessarily an indicator of suicide but mental instability can be an indicator that a troubled person lacks the stability to deal with the dark side of notoriety • If you fail on TV, you fail in a big way. Your life is an open book making you extremely vulnerable
Mental issues continued • Reality TV can fuel fantasy feelings of success, power & glory • Drug Use/Abuse • Some reality TV starts turn to drugs & alcohol as a copying mechanism to deal with pressures of reality TV • In some cases, this may lead to drug overdose or suicide
Reality TV Starts Who Committed Suicide • ShainGandee (Buckwild) • Joey Kovar (Real World – Hollywood) • Mark Balelo (Storage Wars) • Mindy McCready (Celebrity Rehab) • Corey Haim (Two Corey’s) • Phil Harris (Deadliest Catch) • AJ Jewell (Real Housewives of Atlanta) • Julien Hug (Bachelorette) • GiaAllemand (Bachelor/Bachelor Pad) • Russell Armstrong (Real Housewives of B.H.) • Joe Carniglia (Kitchen Nightmares) • Rachel Brown (Hell’s Kitchen) • Cheryl Kosewicz (Pirate Master) • Najai Turpin (The Contender) • Paula Goodspeed (American Idol)
Reality TV Issues • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0jV6Wa19HA • 7. What is catfish (ing)? • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrkYhIyMuZ0 • Catfish stories • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36mCV6VtNTY
Reality Dating • Reality online? • Would you participate in online dating? • What would potential concerns would you have? • Is it easier to express emotions/feelings/thoughts online as opposed to in-person? • 8. How has dating changed over time in this online world? • Consider computer/Internet, texting, avatars, etc.