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Old April 20 2013, 02:19 PM   #31
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Re: Have we witnessed the death of intelligent TV?

Third Nacelle wrote: View Post
Reality TV is just a smart way to make dumb TV without having to hire dumb writers to write dumb stories.
I wouldn't be too sure of that. I've long believed that there is literally no such thing as true "reality" TV. It's as scripted, pre-planned and rigged as any scripted show. How could it not be? All TV is concerned with ratings, and reality doesn't always deliver ratings. So reality TV must, logically, be rigged.

The only true reality shows are game shows, sports broadcasts (well, ones that aren't pro wrestling anyway) and shows like Cops and Disorderly Conduct, which literally just put video cameras in police cars which follow the officers around. That's the only way there can be actual reality TV that isn't scripted and pre-written.
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