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Research Article

What's real about reality television?

Scott J. Weiland* and Kaitlyn Dunbar

King’s College Department of Mass Communications, United States.

Corresponding Author:
Weiland SJ
King's College Department of Mass Communications
133 North River Street,Wilkes-Barre
PA 18711, United States
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E-mail: [email protected]

Received Date: June 22, 2016; Accepted Date: June 28, 2016; Published Date: June 30, 2016

Citation: Weiland SJ, Dunbar K (2016) What’s real about reality television? J Mass Communicat Journalism 6:308. doi:10.4172/2165-7912.1000308

Copyright: © 2016 Weiland SJ, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

Abstract

Reality Television may not be as real as some might be led to believe. Ventre reported that MTV’s reality television show “The Real World: Skeletons” and its content is influenced by producers. Is it possible that this statement accurately describes many reality series? Is it possible that some reality programming is scripted? More importantly, how does the television viewing audience perceive reality television? Do viewers perceive such programs to be candid and unscripted? Why do people watch reality television? The purpose of this case study was to uncover perceptions of reality television as portrayed through social media, particularly via Twitter. This study is significant because it uncovers viewer perceptions about reality television that suggest reality television lacks reality and that viewers of reality television should not assume that such programs are unscripted and spontaneous. It may even encourage thoughtful reflection upon the ethics behind alleged manipulation of reality television content.

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