Race TV and reality


Race:TV and reality



Raceis a term used to categorize people into groups based on theirreligion, cultural, social and genetic among others. Towardsseventeenth century, people started relating race to similar physicalcharacteristics. Reality television refers to television programswith unscripted articles and actual scenes (Murray et al., 2009).Thinking about reality television programs such as I spy, TheBachelorette, I Love New York amongst others comes to mind. Majorityof people would ask why all these shows have on television. The firstimportance is entertainment. Most of these shows are veryentertaining to watch. Secondly, these shows are used as a way toportray how thing are in reality (Pozner, 2010). These shows aretailored to fit a particular situation. They also appear to involvedrama and conflict more than a regular unscripted show. Furtherreality television contains confessionals that are used by scriptwriters to express their thoughts which are often a narration.

Theother comparison of reality television shows and real life is thatmost people watch reality show expecting three main elements arenamely beginning, middle and end. Story producers arrange the scenesso that all the three elements are incorporated to portray a seriesof actions (Murray et al., 2009). However, in real life it isdifferent. Humans have unpackaged scenes, and their effects arerandom.

Insome television shows, Africans are characterized by different terms.For instance, they are described as lazy, tempered and violent amongothers (Murray et al., 2009). Majority of these shows does not showblacks as educated people but rather the opposite. Further, most ofthese television shows rarely involve more black people in theirshows. It is evidenced that no matter the number of races involvedblacks portray a lesser number. Contrary, in real life, black peopleare well trained and are as capable of performing as the whites(Pozner, 2010).

Theother comparison is that the images of African Americans women areterribly portrayed on television shows prancing, some half naked,fighters and unflattering. These shows are not worth watching as theydiminish the blacks’ culture. They also give young girls animpression on what is expected of them (Pozner, 2010). Reality showsproducers should improve on the way some of the shows moral teachingis in order to benefit all.


Murray,S., Ouellette, L., &amp American Council of Learned Societies.(2009). RealityTV: Remaking television culture.(ACLS Humanities E-Book.) New York: New York University Press.

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Pozner,J. L. (2010). Realitybites back: The troubling truth about guilty pleasure TV.Berkeley, CA: Seal Press.