yet another freakin’ story about why reality TV shows are not real.

yet another freakin’ story about why reality TV shows are not real.
It’s pathetic and almost unbelievable that now, three and a half years after reality TV shows hit mainstream America, and more than 12 years after the debut of The Real World, that we still have stories like these.

This story does come from a newspaper in a small town in Georgia, which is probably a bit behind the cultural zeitgeist, a place where people think a Gawker is someone who stands, drooling, watching the aftermath of an accident between a horse-drawn cart full of peaches and a rock. But still. There’s no excuse for sentences such as this (horribly written and ungrammatical) one: “Reality show is not so much a reality….”

The piece, written by Meredith Cleland and ostensibly about LeeAnn from The Bachelor 4, points out that “Much of the dialogue is prompted, even if the girls do not realize they are being led by the camera crew to say certain things. And certain ‘dramatic moments’ are shot and re-shot.” Sigh. We know. It’s The Bachelor. Just give in to it.

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about the writer

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.