As a person who literally has the television on all day; whether it be as background noise or a source of entertainment, I can’t help but bring up the topic of the surplus of reality shows that are occurring these days. The main curiosity towards this is: WHY. Why is there an increase in this specific genre of entertainment? Why are more and more people tuning into the lives of others? Humans are, by nature, curious beings. Nosey and opinionated. Jealous and wishful of the lives others lead. And most of the reality shows on today entail those who are on top. The ones who lead the race and more often than not, get there by means that are not so extraordinary in intellect. So it gives the average person the perception that, ” yes, perhaps there is also hope for me.” The most worrying aspect of this form of entertainment is that it suggests to people that they need not focus on much else but the external factors of their lives. The question remains- is that really all there is? Should society only focus on appearance, sexuality and the degree of popularity they have amongst their community? Perhaps this is not so far-fetched.
The number of people with reputable degrees that are unemployed is increasing day by day. But on the other hand, women with modified bodies, dysfunctional families, and indulgent projects such as tanning studios and the like are just the tip of the iceberg of successful entities in today’s world. It is inevitable that every factor of the business world WILL become affected by the economic downfall that has occurred; but some more than others. Simply because, rich or poor – people NEED entertainment. Hence the entertainment sector is still surviving quite adequately.
It is dangerous to get too involved in just one factor concerning the aspect of providing income. As a spectator, it’s easy to assume that entering this field and SUCCEEDING is an easy task. However, what we fail to realize is that only so many people can make it in this industry. Are you willing to bare your entire soul to the masses? And if so; is your life really that interesting or bizarre that a production company would deem you worthy of exposure? Our reliance on the media and the temporary comfort it provides us is really just that- TEMPORARY. it’s almost like a mirage in the distance- once you get close to it, it’s not really what you perceived it to be.
Reality television is anything but a true interpretation of reality. It is only the visual result of what may be; what we’d like it to be.. but not really! There’s nothing wrong with imagining or wishing; but isn’t it time to get back to the real reality at hand? It’s time to be thankful that most of our lives are not as scandalous or shallow as those that we view. Maybe it’s time to appreciate what’s already there. Reality!