The Faking of 'House Hunters' and the Realness of Reality TV
The Daily Beast's Andy Dehnart talks about reality television and the fine line of dramatizing story arcs to make a compelling narrative versus out-and-out fabricating events.
He writes, "First, incorrectly claiming all reality television is fake is like writing off every memoir as a lie, or all documentaries as fiction. Sure, some memoirists have lied or stretched the truth, but to lump all of them together is absurd. Likewise, it’s ridiculous to pretend all reality TV is alike, especially when there’s a ridiculously diverse array of programming that falls under that umbrella. Some is so heavily staged that it’s bizarre that the producers are going to so much trouble to convince us it’s real. Some is so brutally honest and real it’s painful to watch.
"It’s important to discuss, analyze, and consider the degrees of reality in our unscripted television, from the ridiculous to the raw, especially because that description has meaning."
Read his full post here.