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The Real World Essay

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The Real World?
     "This is the true story of seven strangers picked to live in a loft and have their lives taped. Find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real”, so starts every episode of a popular TV show on MTV called The Real World. This show is based on the idea of having no script or actors, and to just see what happens when strangers live together and interact with each other for three months. This show has been on for over a decade now and is still a popular show even though throughout the last ten years the show has changed in many ways. It has changed in the people, places, and activities that make up the Real World. Through the show’s history The Real World has become less of a reality show and more of a circus show.
     In the early 1990’s was the first time that The Real World aired on MTV. This show was different than any other show that had ever appeared on national television. What made this show so different was the lack of a script or actors. This genre of television was named reality television. When developing the idea of The Real World executives at MTV wanted to make a primetime soap opera but where having difficulties coming up with the funding to hire actors and writers, so their solution was to eliminate these aspects of a show. There idea was then to have seven strangers ages eighteen to twenty five live together and see if the American public could catch on to a TV show based on nothing more then the reactions of the people’s lives. And such was the birth of reality television.
     Every year MTV has a nation wide “casting call” for The Real World. Men and women from all over the United States show up. Trying to impress the casting judges to get a chance to have their lives exploited and exposed to the general public. When searching for these seven strangers the casting committee always seemed to pick a couple of token characters. There is always an angry black person who has a grudge against whites, and to counter this character there is always a racist white person that can’t stand to be in the same room as a black person. There is always at least one gay person and a homophobe that has never seen a gay person before. The rest of the characters that are picked will usually have a phobia of one of the remaining cast members.
     The first season’s cast members selected were specifically chosen for their differences and the high possibility of conflicts. Even though they were complete opposites of each other they were all still sane. As the seasons went on the cast members all tended to get a little bit wilder and a little crazier. In the latter seasons all the members seemed to have problems about them. The people on the show were either drunks, nudists, or outrageous feminists that most of us will never have the opportunity...

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