Reality show It is an expression of the English language that is often used in our language . The concept, which can be translated as “Reality show” or "Reality show", refers to a television format that aims to show real events that happen to ordinary people in a certain frame.
One of the most important features of a reality show is that its protagonists are real individuals , not characters from fiction . People who participate in a reality show, in theory, are not actors, do not represent any character or should follow a script or script.
These people are gathered in a same physical space (a house, a beach, a bar, etc.) and they must live together before the cameras while they carry out various tests. The spectators, therefore, can watch on television what happens with these subjects in real time.
The participants of a reality show are chosen through a selection process (casting ) by the program production team. Usually, producers try to choose people with different profiles and strong temperaments, so that conflicts arise between them that may be interesting for viewers.
Far from being a experiment Of legitimate sociological interest, the reality show sells the more fights that occur among its members, the more insults, threats, betrayals and acts of vulgarity adorn its broadcasts. Spectators are attracted to conflicts, as they are ideal for choosing a side, to establish ties with one or more characters, and then support them through the different supports available, such as the telephone and Internet, to prevent them from being expelled from the program.
The most famous reality show in the world is "Big Brother" ("Big Brother" ), whose premise is very simple: a group of people are locked up and isolated in a house. Every day they perform different tests that allow them to obtain benefits. The public, meanwhile, must decide, with their vote, who continues in the Program and who is eliminated. The winner of "Big Brother" It is the contestant who, thanks to the public, stays in the house for longer.
There are numerous television programs that have been influenced by Big Brother, although over the years more and more variations of the idea original, to the point of covering a large number of possibilities: the reality show format is not only suitable to see how a group of people live their day to day, but also how it manages to survive a series of challenges of nature, how different It is the life of a family of celebrities regarding their own, or how many reasons a person can have to take another to trial.
Given the demand of the public, the reality show format began an expansion that seems endless , to cover a large number of thematic , which include the documentary, the renovation of houses, the competitions, the trials in the Court, the investigation of paranormal phenomena and the change of aspect to correct defects that prevented the contestants from feeling good about themselves. The list continues and branches into subcategories, partly to meet certain regional issues.
But the limits of reality show are not in the field of television; on the contrary, on the Internet we can clearly observe the cultural changes that it has implemented in the society , to the joy of some and the misfortune of others. Anyone who wishes to make their space on YouTube, for example, knows that one of the basic tips is expose your personal life as much as possible ; This attracts more views, because it creates the feeling that it is a real being, flesh and blood, with problems like the rest.