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    9 Comments     Thursday, March 12th, 2009

    Reality Bites

    Reality television that is…

    OK, I will admit I am a card-carrying member of RTWA (Reality Television Watchers Anonymous). The emphasis is on the “anonymous,” because a lot of us will not admit we actuality watch reality TV. Some of us would rather say, “I watched 24 last night,” when we actually watched Dancing with the Stars. What is it about reality TV that draws us in? We all know (well, I think most of us know), there’s not much “realness” to about 95% of the shows. How do I know that? I actually auditioned for one about eight years ago and due to the agreement I signed I will keep the show a secret. However, I can tell you I didn’t make the show, because I was a little too real. For the record, yes, I only auditioned for the “exposure.” I am so thankful I didn’t make the final cut. The questions I was asked were ridiculous. One of those questions was “Would you be willing to simulate sex on television?” (Hold on fellas, before you respond to your computer, the simulation only meant vocal sounds. LOL) I literally laughed out loud and said to the producers that they couldn’t be serious. Well, long story short, I never made it to the show. I did get a free trip to Cali, stayed at a resort and received a daily cash stipend, not so bad.

    Every time I turn on the TV and flip through the channels, there is a new reality show on. I was flipping through the channels yesterday and I saw one about how to get your pet to love you. What’s next? Who Wants be a Millionaire Deal Maker While Singing in the Shower? These shows are a way for people to be entertained by people they would never let into their homes. Again, I will admit I get sucked into quite a few, but a lot of it is pure curiosity. I can’t believe some of the things people will actually do to get on TV. At the same time, I can’t be mad at them because some of them do actually turn their 15 minutes into a career. I would like to see some more shows of substance and quality. I think it’s needed, especially with this upcoming generation. I wish there was a way to balance it out. My niece is 7 years old and already on her way to becoming a “Bridezilla.” Are you a reality TV junkie? Let it all out in the comments below. You can remain “anonymous” LOL!

    All television is educational television. The question is: what is it teaching? ~Nicholas Johnson

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    9 Responses to “Reality Bites”

    03.12.09 at 3:28 pm

    rjam1974 says:
    Honestly, I literally don’t watch “reality shows” so I am end up watching classic sitcoms “jeffersons” “goodtimes” and also go to youtube “allinthefamily” “carol burnett” and so forth. I wouldnt even recognize the reality stars if I walked pass them. One’s that I would recognize are because they now are making a name for themselves inthe real world (ie jhudson, fantasia)

    03.12.09 at 4:56 pm

    Ana says:
    i know a really good tv show! MTV Tr3s finally has a really funny show. I saw this clip where random ppl are asked really funny questions but their answers are the real funny part. Check out this clip (http://www.mtvtr3s.com/video/?id=1606784&vid=345807). It’s on again tonight at 9!!

    03.12.09 at 5:30 pm

    Dre says:
    The only reality tv show worth watching is Tool Academy. Damn that sh!t is entertaining.

    03.17.09 at 8:50 pm

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    03.18.09 at 1:06 am

    ANGEL says:
    My name is Angel. For over two years now, I’ve been struggling trying to pitch a reality show. It’s a never before seen or heard of idea that I believe will be a knock out show and great opportunity for one lucky person. One of the difficulties and challenges I face is trying to get my foot in the door when you do not know the right people. It’s hard having to get the door slammed in your face time after time, but that does not stop me. It makes me even more stronger and motivated to keep going and trying until that one person says “yes”. Even though I work two jobs, it does not stop me from coming home and jumping on the internet for two hours or more doing my research and trying to find agents to pitch my reality show. While doing my research, I learned that if you want to get notice and recognized that one of the best thing to do is to get in touch with local paper magazine or TV network station and try to have them write a piece on you just to get your name out there and hope that you get lucky. And that’s what I’m doing now. This is my story and my dream. I just hope that one day I will get lucky and get that phone call or email telling me that they like my idea,

    03.26.09 at 1:21 pm

    Angles says:
    A little bit, but not much anymore, cause some of these show’s are point less. I got away from watch those show on the strength that I was gaining anything from them, Like G’s to gents all the shit they talk know one got knockout yet or on Jerry Springer or even the judge shows its all scripted, at some point yall will come to and say, could be workin on some thing better than this its real and unscripted.

    03.27.09 at 11:21 am

    David says:
    I think that reality tv is the next step to watching motion picture movies, only in a real way, and still remaining Fake. It has become a place where Fantasy meets Reality. There is no “Fine Line,” between the two anymore, its’ all one big blur. Who knows where 21st Century technology is about to take us. It already has many of us “Addicted,” to Reality T.V., and totally submersed into it. Its’ almost coming to a point to where, “Nothings Real Anymore.”

    03.29.09 at 2:08 am

    Tameka says:
    Hey Soror – yeah…I am sad to say that I actually have a “juvenile” type of reality bites. Here I am age 34, a Marketing Director, married mother of 2 – yet I am sitting up watching – Making The Band 4!!! LOL. What!!! Say Yes to The Dress, TI’s, Sweet 16 … need I keep going. Thank God this is simi anonymous because I feel utterly ridiculous – to say the least. But honestly with so much reality television saturating that market and the intrigue of it all – what else is there to watch?

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