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THE REALITY OF SOCIAL MEDIA. REALITY TV BACKGROUND When did reality TV start? An American Family originally aired on PBS in 1971 They shot 12 episodes.

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1 THE REALITY OF SOCIAL MEDIA

2 REALITY TV BACKGROUND When did reality TV start? An American Family originally aired on PBS in 1971 They shot 12 episodes What show revived reality TV? Survivor in 2001

3 QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER 1. Why is reality TV so popular? 2. How realistic is reality TV? Consider characters, story lines, behavior, etc. 3. Which reality TV shows are more realistic? Impact of reality TV http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uhbqD7jZdJ8

4 4. What – if any – negative social/cultural issues have emerged as a result of reality TV? 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, The Bachelor/ette, Celebrity Rehab 5. How might staged reality shows affect your perception of reality? 6. How does editing play into how characters are perceived? QUESTIONS CONTINUED

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6 THE DARK SIDE OF REALITY TV Which came first, troubles or fame? Mental Problems In a study published by The Journal of Research, when celebrities were given personality tests, the results for narcissistic personalities for reality TV stars was off the charts Reality TV isnt necessarily an indicator of suicide but mental instability can be an indicator that a troubled person lacks the stability to deal with the dark side of notoriety If you fail on TV, you fail in a big way. Your life is an open book making you extremely vulnerable

7 Mental issues continued Reality TV can fuel fantasy feelings of success, power & glory Drug Use/Abuse Some reality TV starts turn to drugs & alcohol as a copying mechanism to deal with pressures of reality TV In some cases, this may lead to drug overdose or suicide

8 Gia Allemand (Bachelor/Bachelor Pad) Russell Armstrong (Real Housewives of B.H.) Joe Carniglia (Kitchen Nightmares) Rachel Brown (Hells Kitchen) Cheryl Kosewicz (Pirate Master) Najai Turpin (The Contender) Paula Goodspeed (American Idol) Shain Gandee (Buckwild) Joey Kovar (Real World – Hollywood) Mark Balelo (Storage Wars) Mindy McCready (Celebrity Rehab) Corey Haim (Two Coreys) Phil Harris (Deadliest Catch) AJ Jewell (Real Housewives of Atlanta) Julien Hug (Bachelorette) REALITY TV STARTS WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE

9 REALITY TV ISSUES http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E0jV6Wa19HA 7. What is catfish (ing)? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrkYhIyMuZ0 Catfish stories http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=36mCV6VtNTY

10 REALITY DATING Reality online? Would you participate in online dating? What would potential concerns would you have? Is it easier to express emotions/feelings/thoughts online as opposed to in-person? 8. How has dating changed over time in this online world? Consider computer/Internet, texting, avatars, etc.


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