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Reality TV, a life changing experience? September 20, 2005

Posted by Winter in media.
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I’ve just found this article on the BBC web site about reality TV and it confirmed a few fears I’ve had for a while. It describes a woman who was ‘tricked’ into describing her sister as ugly for the extreme make over show. after she had made these remark, the woman’s sisters make over was cancelled and she was so disraught that she had made those comments, eventually comitting suicide.

While I’ve always found it difficult to belive that people who complain about the effect reality TV has had on their lives didn’t know know what they were getting them selves into, this is a tragic event that seems, from the above mentioned article, not uncommon. Reality TV is becoming increasingly manipulative as contestants become increasingly media savey. However with this transition, the people become products, and feelings and emotions become a useful attributes to increase the drama of the shows, not tangible, real human existance.

The other thing that this article bought to mind is that it again demonstrates the value we have ascribed to beauty, above all other attributes. Whilst I doubt that this woman commited suicide soley because of the comments she made about her sisters appearance, the comment muct have driven a wedge between the filial relationship which almost certainly contributed to it. I wonder if the distress would have been the same had she made derogatory remarks about this woman’s intelligence, her ability to cook or how kind she was.

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1. Winter - September 21, 2005

What’s really scary is how fast exploitation TV is becoming normalised…but I think that’s a post in itself.

2. Raymond Deems - January 3, 2006

There are a few books on the subject, some very


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