What is reality?
- If we are looking for pure "real-world" events that were caught on camera, I'd say 75% of Reality TV is either orchestrated, manhandled, edited, or manipulated so much that they may actually be considered as fake.
- I think the only way to have a reality show is to hide a camera somewhere so no one knows what is going on. otherwise people chang even when they don't know they are doing it. you know what I mean?
- It depends on what you consider real vs fake.
Is the news real? That's edited.
Any time people are in a room and they know there is a camera on them, they are going to act different. Turning on a camera changes the reality.
- I agree with what others have said. If they are not fake, they edit the shows enough so that the message the producers want to get across is shown and nothing else that may otherwise refute that view.
- I don't think that's fair. The Amazing Race is reasonably fair in its editing (not that they're above manipulating certain things at time) and there are other good ones as well. I like how Nanny 911 shows the parents saying certain things and then doing black-and-white scenes that show just the opposite.
- Always the people in the confessionals say something to provoke a rivalry or "ignite the flame", if you will. How do you think the Rivalry between Steven and Irene got so intense in Real World?
- totally agree. the moment the lens cap is removed reality is altered. Just look atthe way people behave at sporting events when the camera pans the crowd, or more to the point, look at home movies, how suddenly everyone starts acting like an idiot -- me incluuded.
- I don't think that they are "real" or truly "fake". They are engineered for sure.
American/Canadian Idol....they know who will win weeks before the finale. Survivor...highly edited and the drama artificially heightened to draw you in each week and sometimes games are re-done so the camera can get a better shot.
Believe me, nothing is left to chance with these shows. The producers don't like surprises.
They can't know who will win the Idols since voting is done per week. Plus there's the fact that making the winner not be the person who actually got the most votes would make no sense, as they're all going to share in the profits and the top vote-getter has the most fans, so would get the most sales.
filmbear wrote: American/Canadian Idol....they know who will win weeks before the finale.
While the drama is certainly edited, the competitions aren't "re-done," they're re-created with stand-ins for helicopter and long-shots. There's really nothing wrong about that, since they're just doing it to get a different vantage point.
filmbear wrote: Survivor...highly edited and the drama artificially heightened to draw you in each week and sometimes games are re-done so the camera can get a better shot.