Is There any Reality Left in Reality Television?

I am old enough to remember the debut of “reality” television when it was actually interesting and meant something.  Season one of “The Real World” on MTV and “Big Brother” on CBS are hallmarks.  Even though those shows were “live edited” there was a certain authenticity about the series that bled through the television screen indicating human life. Why is it today that so many “reality” shows come across scripted and fake and inauthentic? Could it be because those shows are now brewed to be, from first blush, scripted, fake and inauthentic? True reality is too hard, too tough to touch. Fake reality is much easier to control and sell to the masses. Don’t think. Just believe.

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