REALITY WORLD: WHY ARE PEOPLE SO FIXATED

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“Calm down people, you’re just watching people live their lives.”


I have always tried understanding what is it about reality television that makes people patronize it so much. You’re not watching a real television series where actors are skilled at their craft. And you’re watching a show where people are placed in situations for bad things to happen. It is considered assisted reality. But I don’t get anything from it myself. I have tried watching and can’t find anything that I like personally. But for some reason, women especially, love reality television shows. So I have tried to come up with a few reasons as to why this might be so. And they are on the border of disturbing and confusing.

The disturbing reason why I feel that people watch reality television falls under two equations. One equation has to do with the idea that people may like watching regular people who are just as screwed up as themselves. My world is not perfect so watching this show makes me feel better about myself and my situation. Another equation has to do with people who appear to have these lavish lifestyles, but lives are out of order. It makes people say to themselves, “Wow, I see rich folks are just as crazy as poor folks.” The reality about this is that they don’t have these interesting lives. It is assisted to make you think they do. But are there other reasons people watch so ritualistically.

Another reason I came up with for the patronizing of reality television shows is the voyeuristic aspect of watching the show. Watching something that you feel you shouldn’t be watching. You sit at home in your living room looking at the screen thinking to yourself. “I shouldn’t be watching this right now, but it’s too good to stop now.” It sounds very predatory, but it’s the same reason people have a love for amateur pornography. That’s not to say that people who watch reality television is of perverted nature. It’s just that we love looking on at something that is taboo or persona non-grada. And we turn it off thinking to ourselves we got away with viewing something no one thought we would enjoy. Yet when others tell us they like it as well, we open up and enjoy as a community.

In the end, I don’t see the trend of reality shows slowing down anytime soon. Every year there’s some new show popping up. The popular ones are the wives and girlfriends of professional athletes. These are people that for the longest, lived their lives in a way that very few of us knew about. But now their house doors are open. Only problem is that there has been a divorce on each of these reality shows. Why, because you don’t bring cameras into your marriage. And the aspect of fame has popped into the equation as well. Whatever it is, people tune in and can’t wait until the next season of whatever show they are watching.


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Author: faheemjackson44

I am from Racine, Wisconsin where I was raised until I graduated high school back in the year 2006. That entire time growing up in my mother's house, I was a student athlete. My goal was to embark on a general business career or athletics. But injuries through sports stopped a sports path, so I decided upon business with a focus in marketing. While attending undergraduate school at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, I began to write screenplays in my senior year. At first it was for fun, but I quickly learned writing allow me to transfer negative energy into characters I created. This led to a decrease in depressing mood swings, which in turn boosted my quality of life. After undergraduate school in May of 2011, I move to New York City for graduate school. While pursuing my MBA, I continued to write screenplays, but always wanted to write novels as well. I finished graduate school back in the year 2014, but wrote screenplays until I began thinking of my first short film, first First Day Fears. While finishing my fifth feature length screenplay, I started to write my first novel this year. So far, I have finished my first short film and working on my next one (Freedomless Speech), and recently self published my first novel (The Boy Who Could Talk To God) and short stories book (Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection Volume 1). My feature length screenplays have been put on temporary hold to finish my short films and books, but I am making good progress on my sixth feature length screenplay. With year 2017 ending, I am currently writing my novel Precinct 86 and Faheem Jackson Short Story Collection Vol. 2. I have started teaching myself photography since 2018, along with my videography, podcast later on, and more research for my filmmaking.

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