It’s already one big thing for Filipinos to be madly in love with watching television. It’s another big thing for them to love reality television shows. The way Filipinos are so engrossed with reality TV shows give us the impression that they love “real life” itself. However, with the way these TV shows project themselves to the public, what is it that makes these things “real” anyway?
I have to admit that there is a time in my life where I, too have been engrossed with watching these kinds of TV shows. Back in my high school, one of the most popular TV shows then was Pinoy Big Brother. It was the type of show where there are normal people set to live altogether in one house and what they do inside the house is being aired to national and even international television. In this show, there is one edition that I have liked so much- PBB Teens Edition. I must say, back then, watching it seems to be really fun. The case in point in here that brought about my closer attachment to that edition is the fact that I can actually relate to what those people on TV are feeling. They were teenagers that were also around my age bracket so I suppose that there is mutual connection on the way we see things that affect our behavior.
Growing up, there has been a part of me that slowly eradicated the like I used to have for the TV program. I suppose that I am able to figure out things more critically now than I ever had years before. I think that it isn’t that real at all. Or rather, it hasn’t been real at all. How would the people in there give out their true selves when they know that they are being shown to the public? Maybe they may be really at their true selves however, there will always be a front that they will use to cover the real things that they have in mind.
According to the study, “Reality Television as a Model for Online Behavior: Blogging, Photo, and Video Sharing”, reality television is interconnected with video sharing and blogging. With this, it can be extended unconsciously to the mental perceptions of people.
With blogging, we have often practiced to open up our thoughts to the public and even disclose a few personal things. Reality television is connected here in a way that it, too, discloses the things personal to the people who join it.
With video sharing, people who post videos of themselves temporarily feel the stardom when they get to have positive feedback and a couple of “likes” on their videos. This is also related to reality TV since you are showcasing yourself to the public. So what is it that you really are showing? What you have or plainly, yourself, seeking for attention?
And also, the more that we see the little things people do in these reality TV shows, we get to develop the understanding or the thinking that whatever they are doing is acceptable or is okay to be freely shown to everyone. When we know for a fact that this is not how it should be. There are a lot of factors to consider in being totally expressive in what we feel- there is society, religion, morals and even other people’s perceptions.
These reality TV shows are undeniably guilty pleasures to some people yet we should be aware that for one, media can be ultimate liars, too. The distinction between the truth and a lie to them may not be that noticeable. We should be smart enough to know actually what is real and what is just a dream.