LA Times replaces “reality TV” with new descriptive names.

LA Times replaces “reality TV” with new descriptive names.
Resurrecting the old and tired (and wrong) “but they’re not real!” argument, the LA Times will no longer use the phrase “reality TV” to describe those shows. Instead, the newspaper will only use the word “reality” when describing programs like When Animals Attack and Cops. Shows like Survivor will be called “staged, unscripted” shows, while shows that involve little meddling on the part of the producers will just be “unscripted.” Got that? Don’t forget.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.