why do people watch Reality TV? – BIG BROTHER

24 03 2010

Looking at Big Brother, a show where it takes ‘ordinary’ people sometimes celebrities (in which it is then named Celebrity Big Brother) and put them in a house which is filled with CCTV cameras that can follow the housemates, having them under constant camera observation to the nation. So what is it that attracts its audience? Is it the appeal of watching the exploitation of ordinary people interacting? The possibility of intimacy revealed? Or is it the enabled audience interaction and competition of the show, where the public get to vote through a telephone system and make a decision on who they want to evict; in turn making Emdemol (A transnational entertainment group) an even bigger profit on their behalf though the revenues from the phone lines, ‘If television was once about delivering audiences to advertisers, it may soon be about delivering callers to phone lines’ (Jon Dovey) – So true Dovey. So true

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TECHNOLOGIES OF TODAY – continued

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.