Realty TV What Reality TV Term Paper

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(Hill 83; Javors 35)

We are not alone in this. In China, often accused of attempting to mimic Western culture, the producers of an RTV show "Ying Zai Zhongguo," or translated somehow as "Win" in English draw a similar conclusion:

their hope that the program would encourage more people in China to start their own businesses. Song Wenming...hoped the show would introduce the "positive power" of entrepreneurship. Ms. Zhou said she hoped potential entrepreneurs would learn the importance of both perseverance and passion. There was much more in the same vein. (Fallows)

Perhaps there is some altruism at the end of the tunnel when considering the cultural benefit of RTV. But the preponderance of the evidence seems to suggest that there is something deeply missing in the American psyche that needs to be healed. Is RTV the cure or part of the problem? This is the conundrum that researchers face. Although nothing new, since the Iliad and the Odyssey and before, circled around campfires and telling stories human beings have had some desire for adventure, love, and battles. It is part of our nature, perhaps being suppressed, that RTV touches upon. Is it exploitation or vicarious therapy? This still remains the question.

Works Cited

Breyer, Richard. "Reality TV: More Mirror Than Window." World and I Jan. 2004: 100.

Fallows, James. "Win in China! A Reality-TV Show Is Teaching the Chinese How to Succeed in Business." The Atlantic Monthly Apr. 2007: 72-84.

Hill, Annette. Reality TV: Audiences and Popular Factual Television. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Javors, Irene Rosenberg. "Reality TV Escape from Reality?." Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association 7.1 (2004): 35.

Nabi, Robin L. "Determining Dimensions of Reality: A Concept Mapping of the Reality TV Landscape." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 51.2 (2007): 371

Papacharissi, Zizi, and Andrew L. Mendelson. "An Exploratory Study of Reality Appeal: Uses and Gratifications of Reality TV Shows." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media 51.2 (2007): 355-370.

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Works Cited

Breyer, Richard. "Reality TV: More Mirror Than Window." World and I Jan. 2004: 100.

Fallows, James. "Win in China! A Reality-TV Show Is Teaching the Chinese How to Succeed in Business." The Atlantic Monthly Apr. 2007: 72-84.

Hill, Annette. Reality TV: Audiences and Popular Factual Television. New York: Routledge, 2005.

Javors, Irene Rosenberg. "Reality TV Escape from Reality?." Annals of the American Psychotherapy Association 7.1 (2004): 35.

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