Reality TV took the TV watching scenario in a big way. Before we knew it, we were watching TV shows which in their need to show reality, were showing no discrimination between the good, the bad and the ugly. There were shows being filmed inside a house, on an island, in a jungle, inside a kitchen, in a junkyards…the list is endless. The tasks given to the contestants ranged from being plane bizarre to borderline sadistic.
What is it that makes reality TV so appealing to so many people across the globe? Do we get a pleasure watching people go through pain and pure hell? Or do we feel triumphant when the contestants overcome their fears? Do we live our fantasies through those contestants?
- Reality TV gives us a good cross section of the human behaviour. It makes us aware that there are people of all sorts out there. There are do-gooders and at the same time, people who will not let any chance slip by to double cross you to save themselves. There are morally upright people and then there are some for whom morality is just a term.
- It is a recognition of freedom of free speech and choices. Why to speak, walk and behave in a way that you actually are not. It’s about being yourself and to be proud about it.
- It is a good break from saccharine sweet, glossy and scripted shows. Life isn’t all about rose tinted glasses. It’s also about blood, sweat and grit.
- It’s all about entertainment – even reality shows have a beginning, a middle and an end. It has things which grab your eyeballs and keeps you glued to your seat. Nobody has a right to judge people as to what appeals to them or doesn’t.