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A Shift of Reality The new television genre of reality shows is becoming so popular because they offer an alternate sense of reality What is reality and is there only one interpretation or many different ones There is no one reality because reality shifts The dictionary definition of reality is the following Reality is the state of things as they are rather than as they are imagined to be Realities are facts Just like reality facts also shift There could be a newspaper article about an earthquake in Los Angeles and it would describe the damage and deaths which are facts Another edition of the newspaper may come out a few days later with new information and more deaths to account for which would then cause the facts to shift Virtual reality is the set of images and sounds produced by a computer which seem to represent a place or situation in which a person experiencing it can take part but is this really reality There cannot be just one reality that is universal to everyone because along with the always-changing context peoples perception also changes on a regular basis To help illustrate this reality television programs have been created Of course the producers of these television shows do not want the viewers to grasp such distinctions between reality and the shows they are producing because it might jeopardize the product they are trying to sell Unfortunately the people who buy into these reality shows far out-weigh the ones who dont Ten years ago producers recognized there was a whole new genre of programming out there Today the reality craze is now under way in full force New shows are being introduced one right after another Producers have created shows like Big Brother Survivor Real World Blind Date and Temptation Island because of the popularity of this new genre of reality shows But why are these shows so popular and how real
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