Reality television: is 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. Reality television frequently portrays a modified and highly influenced form of reality, at times utilising sensationalism to attract audience viewers and increase advertising revenue.Participants are often placed in exotic locations or abnormal situations, and are often persuaded to act in specific scripted ways by off-screen “story editors” or “segment television producers”, with the portrayal of events and speech manipulated and contrived to create an illusion of reality through direction and post-production editing techniques.
Welcome to my wonderful world of reality TV. We all become obsessed with it and whether we hate it or love it everyone has something to say about it. After The Only Way Is Essex hit our screens it seemed like every County in England was determined to show that their lifestyles and dramas were more exciting, and more watchable, than the others. But of course the programme that started all of these off was Big Brother, which allowed its audience to watch the lives, and mental state, of others deteriorate, all of it being captured on 24 hr surveillance. The arguments were inevitable and it spat out z list celebrities all over the country. What more could a viewer want?