In our modern culture, the chances of the person sitting next to you having fifteen minutes of fame at some point in life has increased. In our #DoNowRealityTV post, we asked students Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy? Would you allow a camera crew to document your everyday existence? Why or why not?
Reality TV has become a form of entertainment in America. What once used to be a private moment has now turned into a point of discussion for the public to laugh or empathize with. People’s drama and everyday experiences on reality shows are on display for everyone to watch (even though, let’s face it, “reality” often includes staged content). Additionally, outsiders have the ability to read posts on social media and the government has access to phone records. With more and more private moments open to the public, are we more comfortable with surveillance?
Check out students’ responses about how Reality TV has changed their perspective on privacy. Most students agreed that they would not want every moment of their lives on display.
Keep Life Private
Many students discussed how they would feel uncomfortable having cameras film their lives.
— Hannah Jane (@HJThornton) February 3, 2014
— A L I S I A H (@Alisiah_Cook) February 3, 2014
— Cheyenne Hair (@Cheyenne9020) February 13, 2014
A Money Incentive
Some students pointed to money as a plus side to being on filmed for Reality TV.
— Korbin Borg (@Borg_K97) February 5, 2014
— samir mulahalilovic (@samirrimas321) February 3, 2014
It’s Not Real Life
Many students discussed how being in the spotlight doesn’t reflect real life.
— Taylor (@18tvie) February 3, 2014
@KQEDedspace I wouldn't want a film crew documenting me because I would feel pressured to do everything perfect all the time#DoNowRealityTV
— 〽️ax Zilba (@MaxMvcds) February 4, 2014
Watching People Tie their Shoes?
Some students pointed to how boring and meaningless it can be to watch people do mundane activities.
— Lia Michel (@liamichel18) February 4, 2014
— Brashear (@18wbra) February 3, 2014
My Thoughts About Surveillance in Pictures
Many students expressed their opinions about surveillance through images.
— James Lin (@jameslin220) February 5, 2014
— Zach Shuman (@ShumanZach) February 3, 2014
Besides our normal Twitter responses, many discussed the topic on the #DoNowRealityTV post like the thread of conversation below..