For me, television is all about escaping reality. About finding characters in the opposite situation of mine. Upper East Side heiresses and Broadway divas. Characters who will let me forget, even for a moment, that I have an exam in three days or have to go back to work in 12 hours. It's about entering someone else's world for 42 minutes of peace and quiet. So yeah, I watch a lot of TV.
There are reality shows, which are nowhere close to reality. But those aren't what I want. I want the terrible, cheesy, completely unrealistic shows. And there are plenty of them out there. Elementary, which teaches us that, if you have enough money, police departments will let you join them for investigations. Castle, which teaches us that, if you have enough money, a cop will let you tag along to murder scenes (and eventually fall in love with you). 90210, which teaches us that, if you have enough money, you can pretty much do anything. And yes, I acknowledge that clearly I have some financial issues.
"TV lets you see a representation of the world, but it's a little bit distorted because you're seeing it through the lens of TV. TV's good at pushing the envelope on important issues like gender and ethnicity, but it's still a business; there has to be a certain level of giving people what they want and finding the broadest possible audience. Certain programs would be beneficial for society, but research has shown that the audience wouldn't be as large as it would for another reality show. A lot of TV is based on imitation, especially in the early 2000s. They try to imitate successes. All these competition shows are based on Survivor, and you have all these spinoffs of American Idol. People stick with what works."
~Todd Holmes, University of Florida Ph.D. candidate, teaching TV and American Society
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