Is Reality TV a Genre?


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Is Reality TV a Genre?
Over the past decade, reality television has emerged as one of the most popular forms of entertainment. Shows like Survivor, The Bachelor, and even the famed The Apprentice depict seemingly ordinary people in unscripted situations. But many critics of reality television complain that this form of entertainment is not a legitimate genre. Accordingly, the following report addresses the question: is reality TV a genre?
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The current study is presented in five major sections: i) establishing a working definition of reality TV, ii) do reality TV shows depict reality according to traditional notions of realism, iii) what about Big Brother?, iv) the assumptions about genre that permeate television studies, and...
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