THESIS• Some consider Reality TV to be bad for the general populace, while others argue that it is neutral, or in some cases beneficial.
DEFINITION• “a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events, and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors, sometimes in a contest or other situation where a prize is awarded.”
EVOLUTION OF REALITY TV• 1948: Candid Camera• 1960’s: Transition toward vulgarity• 1970’s: An American Family• 2000’s: Transition toward competition
REALITY TV IS GOOD FORAMERICA
COOPERATION• History Channel Reality TV show about a sea voyage
EMBARRASSMENT• Reality TV helps people handle embarrassment
LIFE• Reality TV teaches young people about life
REALITY TV IS BAD FOR AMERICA
STEREOTYPES• Reality TV enforces racial stereotypes
TRUST• Reality TV shows violate the public trust
APPEARANCES• Reality TV shows place unrealistic standards on physical attractiveness
CRUDITY• Reality TV is often inappropriate
CONCLUSION• Reality TV is here to stay
WORKS CITED• Images gathered from Google images• Hill, A. Reality TV, Audiences and Popular Factual Television. Chicago: Psychology Press, 2005. Print.