about reality blurred

reality blurred is a frequently updated look at the world of reality television, edited by Andy Dehnart. It includes original, exclusive news; interviews with producers and cast members; reviews of current shows; and biting analysis of the day's reality TV news and gossip. As the first publication dedicated to covering the genre of reality TV, reality blurred has, since July 5, 2000, presented the latest about television's most derided and beloved genre.

mission statement

I created reality blurred to collect and discuss the most fascinating and intriguing content related to reality television. Despite reality blurred's comprehensiveness, its mission is not to cover every moment of every reality show in existence. Instead, it exists to cover those reality shows that I find to be newsworthy or interesting.

As a journalist, I do original reporting and cite and link to other primary sources whenever possible, and as a writer and TV critic, I offer analysis that's informed by my observations and knowledge.

The focus here is primarily on US shows that meet my definition of reality television (below). The best and worst are covered the most thoroughly, and those shows have their own archives. While I love the competition, reality blurred isn't a message board, a recap site that recounts every second of every episode of every reality show, or a bulletin board for propaganda. But I always welcome suggestions, tips, or press releases.

While much of reality blurred's content consists of shorter news stories, reviews, and analysis, it also includes a section called exposed that features longer essays on culture. Contributing writers include Jesica Davis, Kathy Douglas, Aaron Michael Gordon, Amanda Klein, Sarah Jersild, and David Neiwert.

Comments and corrections are always welcome, as we are all fallible, opinionated human beings, and people do disagree. Contact reality blurred.

about reality television

This site covers reality TV (or unscripted television, if you'd like to get formal), but not many people agree about what constitutes reality television. While Survivor broke new ground in the summer of 2000, the genre had been around for years—from MTV's The Real World to PBS's early 1970s An American Family, which is really the grandparent of modern reality TV. In truth, reality-based programming has been around since the dawn of commercial TV; game shows and talent programs have been part of television essentially forever.

Reality television, then, is a subset of nonfiction TV, which is television that involves real people, but nonfiction TV is not reality TV. In other words, I consider reality TV to be dramatic, soap-opera like TV shows that follow real people in real or artificial contexts for a period of time. Reality TV can have a game element, and in some cases, it can even have different casts from week to week (like Fear Factor), but for me to cover it here, the show has to focus primarily on the human drama that results from the situation its cast members are in.

disclosures

As a freelance writer, I contribute essays, features, and other pieces to various publications. Presently, I am a regular contributor to msnbc.com, a news web site backed by NBC and Microsoft. I also write a monthly column for RealScreen Magazine, which covers the nonfiction film and television industry. As someone who's covered reality television since 1999, I sometimes communicated with the people who appear in stories here, from cast members to producers, usually while reporting a story. Advertisers on this site may advertise programs or other content that I happen to write about, although I never write about a show in exchange for advertising or anything else. Public relations representatives sometimes send complimentary review and press materials in advance of a show's broadcast, facilitate interviews, or provide other access, such as to set locations.

reality blurred is produced, owned, and operated by Andy Dehnart, at least until someone offers me enough money to sell out. The site's advertising is managed by Federated Media (see below) and is in partnership with AOL Television, which simply means that AOL links to stories here and reality blurred's traffic is counted as part of AOL's network.

As I hope my writing demonstrates, none of the above affects my decisions about what to cover or what to say about these subjects. However, I welcome feedback and criticism designed to keep me accountable.

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commenting

You can now comment on stories here, and I'm thrilled to hear what you have to say, whether you agree, disagree, or just have something even bitchier to say than I did. As I explained when comments were introduced, comments on reality blurred are moderated and require you to log in via Facebook, Twitter, or Disqus. Read the commenting rules below.

I'll only approve comments that have a real name associated with them, so edit your respective profile to include your real name. That makes everyone more accountable and encourages better conversation. Instructions:

  • If you registered with Disqus while posting for the first time, simply go to Disqus.com's account profile page, click the Profile tab, and enter your name under "Full Name." Click Save Changes, and you're all set.
  • If you want to log in with Twitter, first go to your Twitter profile settings and enter your real name where it says Name. Click Save. You're done.
  • If you log in with Yahoo, edit your profile so your Display Name is your real name and is visible to everyone; make sure your profile is visible, too.

Comments are owned by and are the sole responsibility of the commenter, although by posting you give reality blurred one of those fun worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive licenses to show your comment and use it on the site—but you knew that, or you wouldn't be commenting. Moderating comments implies no endorsement or anything else by me, since again, you are responsible for what you write. And don't post anything illegal or stupid, because you're responsible for that, and if the police or courts come calling, I'll hand over whatever I have, since I'm not going to jail for you.

Here's the legal version: All comments within this blog are the responsibility of the commenter, not the blog owner, administrator, contributor, editor, or author. By submitting a comment on our blog, you agree that the comment content is your own, and to hold realityblurred.com and all subsidiaries and representatives harmless from any and all repercussions, damages, or liability. realityblurred.com reserves the right to edit, delete, move, or mark as spam any and all comments, and have the right to block access to any one or group from commenting or from the entire site.

comment rules

Comments are a place for reasonable discussion, argument, debate, and dissent, all of which are welcome and encouraged.

Personal attacks against other commenters are not permitted. You may question or argue about content, but not attack individuals. Comments that devolve into ad hominem attacks, intentionally bait others, or are deliberately disruptive may be deleted, and failure to respect fellow participants could result in removal or blocked access.

Profanity is fine; libel and copyright infringement are not, and comments containing either may be deleted.

Links are welcome, but spam and/or self-promotion unrelated to the topic will be removed.

Do not post spoilers about results that have not yet been broadcast (my definition of spoiler is defined here). You may link to such information and discuss it in broad terms, but spoilers will be deleted and the commenter banned.

While I always welcome comments and criticism about accuracy, do not report minor corrections or typos in comments, which are for discussion, and which I do not always monitor; e.mail me instead.

privacy policy and terms of service

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disclaimers

There are a few things I shouldn't have to mention, but I will, because some people (not you, of course) are a few quarters short of a nickel, if you know what I mean. I am just a writer, critic, and fan. I am not the producer, cast member, camera operator, or rat from any reality TV show, and if you send me an e.mail message addressing me as if I'm one of the people I've written about, I'll probably suggest you seek help. I will not give you the e.mail addresses of your favorite cast member so you can send them frightening messages, and beyond what is posted in the casting section, I do not know how to get you on a reality show.

et cetera

For those who care about such things, reality blurred is produced using Movable Type. Hand-drawn icons are the work of Janko Jovanovic; everything else was written, created, designed, and coded by me. Thanks for reading all of this. Slow day at work?

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