Reality television programmes are very popular with audiences of all ages and types.They may not be high culture but most people do not want that from television.On the other hand, reality TV can be very educational.
Reality TV is cheap and series can go on for months on end, providing hundreds of hours of viewing to fill schedules.
TV bosses like this and are cutting back on comedy, music, drama and current affairs in favour of wall to wall reality rubbish.
It just means that some people have no taste and will watch any old rubbish.
Broadcasters should be aiming at excellence, giving their viewers quality programmes which expand their cultural horizons.
This is even worse when reality shows crowd the schedules of public service broadcasters.
Stations such as the BBC in the UK, France Télévisions, or Rai in Italy have a duty to inform and educate the public.Finally the makers film their victims for hundreds of hours from all angles, but only show the most dramatic parts.Selective editing may be used to create “storylines” and so further manipulate the truth of what happened.Big reality TV programmes have brought that sense of shared experience back, as viewers from all social groups follow the twists and turns of each series together.Reality shows are corrupting as they rely on humiliation and conflict to create excitement.The programmes are full of swearing, crying and argument, and often violence, drunkenness and sex.This sends a message to people that this is normal behaviour and helps to create a crude, selfish society. They do reflect our society, which isn’t always perfect, but we should face up to these issues rather than censor television in order to hide them.The shows are not really “real” – they are carefully cast to get a mix of “characters” who are not at all typical.Mostly they show a bunch of young, good-looking self-publicists, who will do anything to get on TV.Usually the programme makers try to ensure excitement by picking people who are likely to clash with each other.They then place them in unnatural situations, such as the Big Brother house or the Survivor island, and give them strange challenges in order to provoke them into behaving oddly.