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May Topic of the Month - The "Face" of Television

PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2004 8:53 am
by Zania Jaarda
Television has been part of our everyday lives since the 1940s. In recent years, programming has changed. Gone are most of the traditional dramas and sitcoms, in favor of reality shows.

What is the attraction of the reality shows? Why do you think the networks are so intent on producing them, instead of returning to what had worked for so long?

Do you think this trend, with the reality shows, will last? Or is it just a fad that will fizzle out as soon as the majority of the public get bored with it, and the ratings drop?

If you think it will last, what are the factors that lead you to that conclusion?

PostPosted: Fri May 07, 2004 9:42 am
by Taneth
with our ever more paranoid culture these days, reality is no longer seen outside schools homes and workplaces. that's not much. gone are the days when you could see reality on the streets. "a stranger is just a friend you haven't met yet" has been replaced with "don't talk to strangers, they might attack you" and the streets are just a way to get from point A to point B as fast as possible. Social encounters are only at home, work, or school unless you already know the person you meet. until the old way returns, reality tv shows will be society's only other way of getting to know new people in a non-fiction setting.

PostPosted: Thu May 13, 2004 1:41 pm
by Zania Jaarda
Interesting perspective!

Television, like movies, is meant to provide entertainment - drama, action, comedy, etc. Unfortunately, all of these take money to produce, sometimes a lot of it depending on the actors involved, their salaries, and the popularity of the show.

Reality shows, like Survivor, etc, don't cost nearly as much to make. They're working out deals to have the sponsors pick up the tabs for hotel stays for the contestants, flights, etc. The sell of the rest of the airtime not only helps to pay for the prize that the winner gets after all of those weeks, but also helps the network turn a nifty profit.

Anyone else have ideas on this?

PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2004 3:58 am
by Lucasausems

PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2004 8:07 pm
by Jack
The best reality show is still Big Brother which starts a new series over here this Friday. I have to admit that I'm a total addict when it comes to that show. And the reason they are so popular is partly because we all like to snoop on other peoples lives even those who do not care to admit it. After all when you really get into a show you forget that it is actors playing parts and that everything has been scripted. For that half hour or hour you suspend belief and the people are real. With reality shows it is real. Or at least as real as you are going to get. The human race has gossiped since we first started talking and will continue to do so for as long as we are around. Reality shows are just a part of this.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 12:50 pm
by Zania Jaarda
As usual, I'm removing the sticky on this, but feel free to continue to discuss this subject!

PostPosted: Fri Jun 04, 2004 6:21 pm
by Jake Sjet