Breaking the Boundaries of Privacy – Reality Television.

I wrote a post on here quite a few months ago about the film The Truman Show and how it puts into question how far reality television programmes will go to make entertainment for the awaiting audience, and do so through the medium of reality television. It has only occurred to me in the past few weeks, which is probably because being an unemployed graduate I have a lot of spare time on my hands and do watch quite a bit of daytime television while I am endlessly searching for jobs, that I have seen just how many reality programmes are shown on television on a daily basis. Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kourtney and Kim Take New York/Miami, Millionaire Matchmaker, The Real Housewives of Atlanta/Beverly Hills/New York/Vancouver and god knows where else in the United States of America are just a few to name off the top of my head. There are so many more that I actually can’t quite believe that so many people are willing to put forward every single aspect of their lives for the cameras and for millions of people to watch and scrutinise.

I could not think of anything worse to have a camera follow me round on a day to day basis, following everything that I do, being in the middle of every major event or drama that goes on in my life. I’m just an ordinary person, theres no celebrity status that comes along with me and no amount of money that was offered to me would be accepted in order for a crew to follow and film me in my every move 24/7. I cannot even comprehend why so many people choose this route to earn more money and get their 15 minutes of fame for doing so, celebrities or not, as a lot of the reality shows that are around today have people in it that are in no way famous. They are seemingly normal everyday people, except the fact that they have a bit more money than the majority of us and live these glamorous lives that are full of social engagements, parties and lavish holidays to the most exotic of places all around the world. So maybe they’re not the same as you and I are, but they aren’t in possession of a celebrity status, but yet, they have these endless television series that constantly follow them and what they’re doing on a day to day basis, documenting every single event that takes place in their lives, no matter how big or small said event is, all in the name of bringing us entertainment when it comes to being broadcast on our television screens. It is complete and utter madness. They basically are selling their lives to the public. Everything that happens to them, everything that is a major part of their lives. Their families, their friends, their children, their careers, its all just handed over to the public, all in exchange for what I can imagine is a very big cheque at the end of it all.

To think that the way so many people choose to make money is through selling television producers the rights to practically every part of their life, is quite disgusting. For me, its the lowest of the lows, and a poor excuse of trying to make light entertainment for the audience. Take the Kardashians for instance. It’s not as if they need anymore money with the business empire that they have managed to create for themselves over the years. There is nothing wrong with that, nothing at all, through the amount of success they have had they are clearly very talented business people. But the fact that they feel the need to bring the public into every part of their life just astounds me. Look how many reality shows they have, it’s completely ridiculous. Why do people need to know everything that they’re up to? They have enough money and social standing in the world of celebrity to get on well enough without having to document every single aspect of their lives to the public. Did we really need to see the births of both of Kourtney Kardashian’s children? Did we need to see the entire planning of and the whole day of Khloe Kardashian’s wedding? Did we need to see every tiny detail of Kim Kardashian’s wedding and the divorce that followed just 72 days later? In a word, no. Those are parts of peoples lives that, for me, just should not be so widely publicised. They are an important part of everyones lives, but they are private affairs that need to be kept so. Those who are in the public eye shouldn’t feel the need to share every part of their lives with the rest of the world. To me, it’s just a step too far.

We are today quite a celebrity obsessed society, not all of us though obviously, but a good percentage of the worlds population probably takes an interest in these kind of ‘news’ stories. But do we really need to have such private affairs of these ‘celebrities’ handed to us on a plate for our viewing? In my personal opinion, no we don’t. The fact that it is now not just ‘celebrities’ that are opening their doors for the public to come in and judge every single part of their lives, but now that ‘non – celebrities’ are feeling the need to do the same, you just have to wonder when it will all just stop. Will it one day go as far for every Tom, Dick and Harry like you and me to let cameras into our lives to document everything that takes place for everyone to see? I sure as hell hope not. Who knew that it would become ‘cool’ and the ‘in thing’ to make a reality programme about the lives of everyday people. Let’s just hope that the influx we have had in recent years of such television programmes is a passing phase that will one day fade away into a distant memory.


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