Unfortunately, today’s popular culture highly regards reality shows that are far from being real. Richard Huff’s title “Real or Not, It Doesn’t Matter” clearly states this fact; the public enjoys watching these shows, even though it knows that they are deceitful. Reality shows are fallacies, the work of the producers and editors, who work hard to make people believe that they are watching truthful situations. The impact of reality television on Americans is negative, due to the false situations it portrays, provoked situations, and because of its attempt to deceive the audience.
Reality shows do not come out perfect the first time; producers and editors strategically make them look perfect. Therefore, producers recur to the rudimentary, reshooting and editing. When producers do not like what they see they go to the editors; they spice up the show. According to Huff, in the show Wife Swap one of the participating moms said that when the producers did not like what she said or did, they had the editors add or modify her lines. Reality is spontaneous and natural, it is not planned, but people desire these shows because of these tactical approaches.
The term reality show is a complete offense, blasphemy to the public. A true television program would be a boxing match, a sports game, or a presidential election, not Big Brother! Everyone already knows or more likely expects to see certain roles. Richard Huff expressed the fact that producers intentionally set up situations and everything in the show. In Big Brother there is always someone who is very problematic, flirty, or one that remains in low profile. Also, the producers fabricate fights in between the contestants in order to attract the audience and get them to continue watching.
All of this is redundant, but Americans seem to enjoy redundancy. Shows attempt to make the audience believe that those in the show are truly in plight, suffering to survive the difficult conditions that they accepted to suffer for a reward. Complete falseness from the producers, Huff mentioned in his essay that the producer of Survivor clearly declared that reality shows are false, and that the audience should know that. People tend to watch this show because they enjoy watching people overcome obstacles and hardship.
However, they do not realize that sometimes they are not watching that person, because an actor is put in their place to make the show more entertaining. Everything that is being displayed on the show is a set up that has been calculated very carefully to appeal to the audience. Also in Huff’s essay, he mentions that people do not get to see everything that is occurring in the show Survivor, like when the cameras are off. Those who watch the show think they see everything, but the truth is that they do not; they do not see that when the cameras are off the contestants obtain commodities, not all is hardship.
Viewers either way are fans, excluding the fact that they are openly being lied to. People are watching the same thing over and over again, and they know it and continue to enjoy it. Reality shows cannot be a positive impact for Americans if they continually represent set up situations and false roles. Nevertheless, they attempt to have people believe that the content of their show is realistic. The awful fact is that the viewers accept reality shows even after they know and realize that they are fabricated. Richard Huff asserts this fact with the title of his essay “Real or Not, It Doesn’t Matter. ”