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The Not So Real Life

October 7, 2009
Traer Star-Clipper

By Ava Cheyenne Jones

Sex, lies, cheating, drama, and fighting! Get your attention? Good, that's exactly what the reality TV executives want.

Yet one trend over the past five or so years is that there are less scripted television shows on the small screen and far more reality TV. Reality TV is cheap and easy to produce. No paid actors, no sets, no props, nothing to waste money on. In reality television, how much is actually real and how much should viewers be suspicious of?

Reality TV is no longer a novelty and it doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. This summer viewers couldn't get away from the John and Kateseparation. Tuned in Americans spend more time debating the vote for American Idol than who we want to be President. Cheating, swearing, sex, and more on shows like Survivor, Big Brother, and The Real World, infect the mind and make us believe that there has to be drama everyday in order for us to keep ourlives interesting.

As shows get racier and racier, it begins to blur the lines of what is acceptable. "Temptation Island" seems to be one of those shows pushing the envelope in terms of responsible programming. Temptation Island is a program broadcast on Fox



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