R is for reality series

24 03 2010

here-are-the-abcsof-march-madness.html – Rob Oller relates to the “reality” television discussion. The tournament is true reality programming, which is to say what you see is what you get. No fat guys sweating off the pounds – St. Louis, coached by Rick Majerus (most definitely not the biggest loser), did not make the field – just a bunch of mostly bachelors trying to win games, not wives.



23 03 2010

To the innovation of these techniques, Charlie Brooker has ‘screen wiped’ reality Television editing¸ explaining how programs such as The XFactor and MTV dating shows (Date My Mom) have used such techniques, “It was a bit like the leap from typewriters to word processors, suddenly it was a piece of piss to chucking one edit after another, the logical conclusion is the hyper edited bombardment you get in frantic MTV dating shows like ‘Date My Mom’, it also enabled reality TV shows to exist, cause now it’s possible to go through 24 hours of footage and condense it down to 1 hour of highlights in time for transmission the next day”; bringing up the idea about how techniques can obscure the “reality” of the show.

“REALITY” TV – Technologies of today

22 03 2010

Looking at today’s technologies, there are many capabilities of creating a ‘hyper reality’, hiding the ‘truth’, the ‘reality’, the ‘actual’ and the ‘genuine’. As when looking at what we see, or think we see in “reality” TV today can be hidden through the editing of the program, through the mix of apparently ‘raw’ and ‘authentic’ material to a filtered outcome, where a multitude of media can radically shape to either stabilize a subject/event or destabilize it, dependant on the angle they chose.