reality blurred is a frequently updated look at the world of reality television that includes original reporting and journalism about reality TV; interviews with producers and cast members; reviews and criticism of current shows; and analysis of the day’s reality TV news. As the first publication dedicated to covering the genre of reality TV, reality blurred has, since July 5, 2000, covered television’s most derided and beloved genre.
It is edited by Andy Dehnart, a journalist and critic who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and who 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.
reality blurred was created as an outlet to collect, report on, and discuss the most fascinating and intriguing content related to reality television. It includes original reporting and cites and links to other primary sources whenever possible, and offers analysis and commentary that’s informed by observations and knowledge.
Feedback, comments, corrections, news, and more are always welcome. 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, narrative 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, but to me, reality television encompasses any show that focuses primarily on the human drama that results from the situations its cast members are in.
reality blurred is produced, owned, and operated by Andy Dehnart, at least until someone offers me enough money to sell out.
As a freelance writer, I contribute essays, features, and other pieces to various publications, such as Playboy and Buzzfeed.
I own a few shares of stock in Disney and thus ABC, a gift when I was a kid.
I teach, present, and consult for various groups. Find out more.
As someone who’s covered reality television since 1999, I sometimes communicate 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.
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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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 to block access to any one or group from commenting or from the entire site.
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.
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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.
There are a few things I shouldn’t have to mention, but I will just for fun. I am just a writer, journalist, critic, and fan. I am not the producer, cast member, camera operator, or hot tub 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 casting news that I write about, I do not know how to get you on a reality show.
For those who care about such things, reality blurred is now produced using WordPress, following 11 years of life on Movable Type, and it is built on templates from StudioPress’ Genesis.
The logo is set in Bosun, a typeface by Michel Bütepage.
Everything else was written, created, designed, and coded by me. Thanks for reading all of this. Slow day at work?