How Real Is Reality TV?

American VoicesEntertainmenttrendstvmedia ISSUE 37•10 Mar 21, 2001

Survivor and other reality-based TV shows have come under fire of late, with former participants charging that aspects of the programs are rigged. What do you think?

  • “How far the journalistic integrity of reality TV has fallen since the first season of The Real World.”

    Richard Polk –
    Systems Analyst

  • “This is the classic Heisenbergian situation in which the behavior of the observed is altered by the act of observation. Nonetheless, Kimmi is my favorite.”

    Robert Lau –
    Physicist

  • “Reality TV is nothing but LIE$. By the way, when you print that, make sure the 'S' is a dollar sign, so my provocative statement is rendered all the more cutting.”

    Audra Andrews –
    Student

  • “I'm glad they tinker with these shows. Real life is fuckin' boring.”

    Manu Apalakian –
    Dishwasher

  • “Love it or hate it, one thing's for certain: Reality TV makes us the ultimate voyeurs. Hi, I'm Gail Pennington, TV critic for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.”

    Gail Pennington –
    TV Critic

  • “So these shows were set up to ensure that the most attractive people would come out on top? And how is that different from reality?”

    Ed Munson –
    Machinist

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