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Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy? Would you allow a camera crew to document your everyday existence? Why or why not?


Andy Warhol famously (and fairly accurately) predicted that, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for fifteen minutes.” With easy access to video documentation and sharing tools online, and the advent and increased popularity of reality television, which broadcasts “regular” folks’ dramas and activities, it is true that fame is attainable for a broader range of people in today’s media-saturated society. (Though the label “reality” only loosely applies to today’s often staged television content.)

Now that reality TV is a staple of American entertainment, does it affect our perspective on what it means to have privacy? Are we more or less comfortable with surveillance? In many aspects of modern life, surveillance is the norm. Third party advertisers have access to what we post on social media, our government can access our phone records, and we can watch an endless stream of televised “private” moments every day. Whether or not you’re a reality TV fan, the landscape of modern culture includes many layers of opportunities to strip away our right to privacy. But maybe we’re OK with that. What do you think? Because we are allowed to view private moments in the homes of established and fabricated “celebrities,” are we slowly becoming more comfortable with the idea of surveillance?


PBS Idea Channel video Does Reality TV Affect Our View On Surveillance?
What have you been watching lately? There’s a good chance (whether you admit to it or not) that you’ve been watching some reality TV. The “Reality TV” genre is mega popular, a massive cultural force, even though it’s not really “reality”. Contrived situations and manipulated scenarios make these shows entertainment rather than documentation, but they still feature real people who are willing to have their lives recorded. As a culture, we’ve become accustomed to watching people, but how does that affect our ideas about BEING WATCHED, especially given the recent NSA controversies? Check out the episode and find out!

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More Resources

PBS American Masters video Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928, in a two-room shack-like apartment at 73 Orr Street in the working class neighborhood of Soho in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Andrej Warhola and Julia Zavacky Warhola.

Common Sense Media resource The Reality of Reality TV
I have a preteen son who is fascinated by some of the reality shows on TV. If he’s finished with his homework, I don’t mind him watching occasionally. As a pediatrician, I do what I recommend to my patients. I follow the Common Sense recommendations and have the TV in the family room where I can keep at least one ear open to what’s going on with the shows.

KQED Pop posts A Series of Reality TV Themed Blog Posts
KQED Pop is a daily blog that critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the internet and all the other collective experiences that make us laugh, cringe and cry. Here are a series of posts that look at reality television programs and characters like the New Real World, Honey Boo Boo, The Kardashians, The Bachelorette, Pretty Wild and more!

  • Margaret Roberts

    I think reality TV does affect our view of surveillance, in a negative way. I think it makes us want to be watched less.

  • Miriam J

    I don’t know about the reality tv but i don’t agree with the government surveillance.

  • MIzael VIllegas

    idk about reality tv but i dont care if the government has us under surveillance. Freedom doesn’t come free. i dont have anything to hide

    • Kelly Murad

      But don’t you have something that you don’t want people to see

  • Felicia Bueno

    well i think it does to some expense. i can agree that it makes us feel a bit to exposed on our privacy but what you show is what people will see.

  • Xillia

    I don’t like this because surveillance is going to find out your private life without you noticing.

  • Vivi

    tbh no. stop overthinking it, they’re two different things. surveillance is a security camera like we need those for some robbers duh. and you sign up for a reality shows so yeah. D I F F E R E N T

  • Rosemary

    I have no problem with the whole camera 24/7 reality show only if you gaining befits from it.

    • Kelly Murad

      I don’t now to be watched all the time would suck because anything you do so used against you.

  • Margarita

    I feel neutral about the topic. Yet the people in the reality shows know they are being watched, and everybody else doesn’t.

  • Alberto Munoz

    I Dont think it makes us more comfortable, watching people’s lives is different from being watched, its been natural for years, as with people who would like to commit crime but not be caught doing it, and vise-versa.

  • Brenda B.

    I don’t think that reality TV effects our view of surveillance at all because we know that what it records won’t be shared to everyone unlike reality TV shows and that only some people will see it. Unless you have something to hide, surveillance cameras shouldn’t be a problem.

  • swaggy24

    I don’t think so nobody really thinks about how surveillance and reality tv relate to each other on a daily basis and how that makes us feel

    • SnodonStudents

      Swaggy24 , I agree with the surveillance part, but they go hand in hand
      because, some actors or people on the shows ask to to not film them at
      times they wish to not be watched. It it affects certain people if they
      let it , but other people wouldn’t think twice

  • Tyra Archer

    I don’t think so because Reality TV is fake. There’s nothing REAL about Reality TV, I personally think its all for money and to be known. When you’re getting watch by the government its a different because everything is real and what you see is what you get. It’s like you have no privacy on social networks. They even watch your phone and text messages like whats the purpose of trying to have a private get message or phone call and you got people listening or reading your messages. Also like we don’t know who watching us, there’s no trust built yet for someone to looking in on your life. For example, you get block numbers calling your phone playing or anything how do we know if its not them? There’s Pro’s and Con’s in this situation because they have found a lot of people guilty off there phone or internet and have prevent things from happening but still I would love to keep some things private.

  • Sofia I.

    I feel that being watch knowingly and being watched with out consent are two way different things. Its a violation of privacy.

  • Thania

    I dont think reality TV changed my view of surveillance because I don’t like the idea of someone watching me its not comfortable because they can see your private life with out even noticing.

  • Daniel69

    I don’t agree with the governmant surveillance.

  • Jasmine Salinas

    I dont think reality tv makes being surveillance okay those reality tv stars get payed big money and do it willingly . we dont and its just not cool!!!!!

  • Yasmine

    I dont think so because people who sign up for reality tv shows and stuff do that because they want to and because they’re comfortable with it. It’s different if you have someone you dont know recording you or taking pictures of you without your permission.

    • SnodonStudents

      I agree if the government does not have your permission they should not be able to watch you.

  • elizabeth

    i dont think we should let them do that because then we wont have any privacy and the they would look at all of are stuff

  • Angelo Trevino

    the whole concept seems to be for the Entertainment of the viewers, and some don’t mine it.

  • Joanna

    I don’t like the idea of surveillance. Its showing too much of your personal life.

  • John

    Without trying to super-impose the topic, I believe that privacy is something that everyone views on a different level.With surveillance being the general opposite, it is also something that everyone would view differently. With this in mind, I do think it is possible to find some equilibrium between the two ideas, but I hardly believe that any individual entity or group would be completely satisfied with compromising their personal views.

  • Osiris Ascencio

    I feel neutral about this topic. The difference between reality tv shows is that they know how to act around the cameras because they know they are being filmed and recorded. On the other hand, many people don’t know they are filmed and recorded. But, if they were to find out they would act different around everything just like in a reality tv show.

  • OsvaldoA

    THIS IS MY OPINION:I don’t like the thought of being spied on. I mean sure anyone can argue over wether or not it is a good idea but, do we really know why we should be watched? i don’t see any real good reason besides people yelling terrorist all the time… seriously. If you ask me reality Tv shows are just making people feel as if it is okay to be watched in someway.

    ps- Maybe if people payed attention to real news and not some teenage boy getting arrested they will understand why extremist do what they do and why the government wants to watch our every move. Then we wouldn’t have had this whole discussion.

  • Sintia

    I dont think it makes us more comfortable because in reality TV they know they are being watched. Whereas you don’t know you are being watched with surveillance. There is a difference.

  • rmarie

    I personally could not answer the question “Yes or No”. My life is not very interesting , so I highly doubt someone would want to watch me be boring. I’m not a guinea pig like Truman from the “Truman show”. I’m not famous for nothing like “Keeping up with the Kardashians”. However, if I were famous I couldn’t say I wouldn’t do it. The temptation might be to strong to resist the attention of 24/7 surveillance, (i mean reality tv).

  • shay

    I Think that reality TV has not affected my perception on surveillance. I think that people who do reality TV are the ones who’s perception of surveillance has changed. They do not care. Me personally I cannot take a person following me around 24/7 watching everything I do. when people are younger they hated people who followed them. so why now. Money is not that important to down grade and expose yourself. Privacy is Privacy. The thing is why are people allowed to give others these inappropriate actions to act in society.

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  • 18kgoe

    Reality tv has not effected my views on privacy. I do not think anything in the shows are real. My life is pretty boring but if you payed me big money I’d find a way to make it interesting like the reality stars! However, I would not be okay with people filming me 24/7. Some things need to be kept secret :).

  • 18vmon

    I think if people had to film me the price tag would have to big huge. I have to have privacy. I have to have a life that wouldn’t be completely surveilled. I need a private life.

  • 18jcol

    I would not allow reality TV to document me because I wouldn’t want a camera crew to follow me everywhere I go and then show the world it.

  • 18tmon

    I think reality tv does make us more comfortable with surveillance. People think that when the stars are recorded they have a funny tv show to watch. And if the stars are recorded they become rich. And some times they just think it’s pretty much impossible to get away from and surveillance that is going on on my life because of all the technology I have.

  • KnowEl

    I have to say that, personally, reality tv doesn’t affect my expectations of real life. Should I expect something that happened while a person was being filmed for people internationally to watch to happen to me? When you’re being filmed you’re rarely ever your real self. You don’t show your real secrets and imperfections, you show the fake ones; the acceptable ones. You show what’s acceptable, not real.

  • 18wlam

    Reality tv is stupid. I know I’m not really following the question, but reality is just a waste of time. It is scripted, it is fake, it is boring. I really have no idea why people even film other people doing what they do in their life. Watching random people that are “Famous” wow you really don’t have anything better to do, do you? Honey Boo Boo, come on really, Dance Moms? Let’s watch kids dance and some lady yell at kids, they are kids give them a break, they are never going to be come that cookie cutter mold. Keeping Up with the Kardashins, big waste of time, let’s “fight” and “yell” at each other like we are really mad at what happened. Wait what are we fighting about? Reality tv isn’t REALity.

  • 18edau

    I think that reality TV makes us expect different things out of our real lives. I think that we don’t realize that the people we see on reality TV aren’t really real. The people on TV are usually not being who they really are and they are just being what someone else might wan them to be.

  • Pinya Colada

    I don’t think I would allow people to document my life unless if they pay me a lot of money. But I do think that reality tv makes some people more comfortable with surveillance, because we see our favorite celebrities on those shows, and we see that they’re comfortable with surveillance, so that might make some of us feel more comfortable with surveillance.

    • Shelbie Hilton

      HEllo pinya coloda! I really like your user name! Mine is Shelbie and that really is my real name! SO Id agree on the money thing.. if I were to have someone document my life, they would have to pay me a lot of money! (we would kinda be worth it, especially with a username like that) haha.. WHats your fav tv show?

  • 18wlam

    No it doesn’t make me more comfortable.
    “Hey do you want to be in a reality tv show?”
    “Okay here’s the script and add some real emotion to it.”
    Is this really what we should be comfortable with?

  • Dust

    I Realy dont think that Reality tv really effects peoples there not real. The People in the shows are just acting in front of the camara they are just happy cause they are getting paid to try to be there seleves For me i would not want to have camaras in my house all daqy everyday watching me kinda creepy. I can see that some people could be comfortable with surveillance but that is them not me could not do it.

    • Hyaden Beck

      I agree, Dust

  • Alma Lancaster

    I think Reality tv doesn’t really affect people very much on privacy. they don’t have to watch. Everyone knows that it isn’t real. they are just doing their job

    @Kqededspace and #DoNowRealityTV

  • Kaleb Heasley

    There is no such thing as Privacy in this world, so TV solidifies it. Plus, When the cameras turn on, the people agree to be filmed and immediately start “acting”.

    • Hyaden Beck

      Kaleb is pro

      • Hyaden Beck

        best comment, hands down

    • Kaleb Heasley

      @Kqededspace #donowrealitytv

  • Hyaden Beck

    I don’t think that T.V. has as much influence in our lives as people seem to think. I don’t watch reality T.V. so I am not coming from a very educated perspective.
    I am sure that the people in the shows have signed a contract willingly to be featured on T.V. They have given up their privacy willingly, this doesn’t alarm me as much as the whole NSA deal. I am far more concerned about that than reality T.V. However, I don’t think that they influence each other.

    • Hyaden Beck

      @kqued #donow

    • Guest

      I think Edward Snowden, and such is much more concerning

    • Hyaden Beck

      I saw this a few years ago, it is a patch from the United Sates Naval intelligence offices.

      • Cesar Aguilar

        New world order?

        • Hyaden Beck

          you know it

  • Kelly Murad

    #DoNow I think reality TV changes how people act and make them seem fake. Because you are watched all the time, so you can go a little nuts.

  • Kori Goller

    @Kqededspace #DoNowReality
    I think that reality tv affects lives and they act different on camera then they would if they didn’t know they were being video taped. I think that privacy is important and it should be under contract so the people agreeing to be on reality tv know exactly what they are getting themselves into. I would not want to be on reality tv because it would disrupt my life and it would make it so the whole world would know where I was at any time and what I do every minute of the day.

  • Shelbie Hilton

    @kqededspace #DoNowReality I dont think it affects the person watching the tv/reality show.. I do think that it definitley affects the person on the show.. but it is that persons choice to be bold like that. if I were as popular as that I wouldnt be bold and share myself to the world like some of the bacholorettes on the show “Bacholor.” Everything is a choice in life. If I had my own show I would try to make it a feel good show and try to be exciting while being not too crazy.. me and my friends are actually planning on doing a “swim” reality tv show, and the drama that goes on in our swim lives. I would like the attention.. just not too much.. I would say 4 days a week is good for me.

  • Lia Liu

    @kqededspace #donowreality I would not let a camera crew come and document my everyday life becasue i do like my privacy and i dont want what i do to be public so everyone can see what i do or what i say. I love to watch reality tv but would not like to be featured in it.

    • Shelbie Hilton

      hello lia liu, my name is Shelbie.. I would love a camera crew to record me! I do love to watch reality tv though.. I was wondering what your favorite shows are?

  • Tate

    @KQEDedspace I don’t think it makes me more comfortable. People on reality TV shows know they are being watched on camera. But you don’t know you are being watched on surveillance. And those are two very different things. #DoNowRealityTV #yeemademe

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  • 18rche

    @KQEDedspace I personally don’t want to be under surveillance every minute of my life. I think everyone deserves their privacy, and their life shouldn’t be shown to anyone on the internet. I feel too open to everyone, and I don’t want my life to be shown to the public. #DoNowRealityTV

  • 18cloc

    Reality TV hasn’t really changed my perspective on privacy it more makes me wonder about there lives. It also makes me wonder what they are like off camera if all they are on camera is drama, drama, drama. I wouldn’t allow a camera crew to film my every move because it’s my life, and I don’t believe people should see what you do on a daily bases. It’s peoples choices if they want their life filmed or not.

  • Isabella G.

    @KQEDedspace I don’t believe that the topics of reality TV and surveilance are remotely related. The people who star on reality TV shows are consenting to have every minute of their lives documented for entertainment purposes. But the NSA doesn’t let you know that they are tapping your phone or your email, and they do it without actual reason. So I don’t think people are becoming more comfortable with the idea of video surveilance because of reality TV, because pretty much everyone knows that reality TV is completely fabricated. #DoNowRealityTV #yeemademe

  • justin freeman

    Reality TV doesn’t change my personal outlook on the world I live in personally. However, it does indeed make me look at other culture and society nationwide which have idiots running around on television either acting or just being themselves. Good for them.

    • Hyaden Beck

      Thank you for this post, it made me laugh.
      But really, I agree, I love watching the show “Duck Dynasty” because the things that they do on TV are hilarious. The TV show has contributed to my stereotypical perception of people living in the American Southeast.

  • Andrea Lulich

    Reality may not change our personal outlooks on the world that we live in, but is changes our comfort level. Our world is slowly shifting our tolerance. Reality TV is not necessarily the thing to blame, though. It may be more due to how our brain works. Most of us recognize that we would not want a camera crew following us or people looking into our private things, but we continue to put ourselves out there on the internet and accept that we will be monitored. When we are presented with something as major as the destruction of privacy, we are programmed to avoid the mental discomfort is causes by ignoring that there is a problem. We will likely not face this problem until every aspect of our life is controlled and this is the unfortunate fact of the human mind. Reality TV is not a cause, then, but a result.

    • Hyaden Beck

      “Reality TV is not a cause, then, but a result.”
      I agree, reality TV does very little to actually influence our perception of surveillance, It has just become popular because we are so comfortable with it.

  • Alma Lancaster

    @18cloc i agree Reality TV hasn’t really changed my perspective on privacy. i also wonder about that too.

  • Alma Lancaster

    @Kqededspace and #DoNowRealityTV

  • sean.leonard

    I am overall indifferent to reality shows. I learned way back when that those kinds of shows are barely based in actual reality, so the whole genre is a big turnoff for me, because I feel like it is lying to its viewers when they’re saying “this is real life”, when they are secretly saying “The footage is real life, the story is real, but the execution is anything but”. I say I’m indifferent because these shows are popular for a reason, I’m just not part of the crowd. Oh and as for the actual question, like my opinion of reality shows, I’m indifferent to it.

  • Superchick Luck

    I believe that reality tv does not have much effect on real life. they seem pretty real but anyone who watches those reality tv show has to realise that its not real that some of it not all of it is not real.

  • Superchick Luck


  • Nate knudsen

    @kqededspace having a camera crew following me would just be obnoxious. I would prefer my own privacy. As for the people on the reality tv shows, i think they just want to become famous and or popular so they show every bit of their life on national tv just to have a shot.#donowrealitytv

    • Samantha Wojcik

      I totally agree. I think some reality TV shows are just to make people more famous and they seem fake to me.

    • Kyle Williams

      If anything I believe that the people on those shows are just very desperate for money and fame.

  • SnodonStudents

    Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy? Would you
    allow a camera crew to document your everyday existence? Why or why not?

    It doesn’t affect my perspective on privacy cause you can make the
    camera crew cut those parts off or have personal space or time off the
    camera. What’s the whole point of making a reality television show if
    there isn’t anything personal on there to show, everybody’s life is
    personal. The most personal parts can get cut out if you want too. But I
    definitely would let them document me every day, I have no problem with
    it honestly.


  • SnodonStudents

    I do not believe reality television has affected my perspective on
    privacy accept for the people that reality TV affects so in the sense of
    privacy in general it has affected my perspective

  • SnodonStudents

    Reality TV hasn’t really affected my perspective on privacy, because
    honestly I don’t really watch those kind of shows, but then again for
    the people on the shows it’s different. They always have a camera crew
    around them every second of the day for their whole life, I couldn’t
    deal with that, I’d be getting annoyed.I abney

  • SnodonStudents

    No, it hasn’t. The people on the shows aren’t really showing their
    private lives anyway. All the “reality shows” aren’t even reality. And
    personally, I would be a reality show because it’s not like we already
    don’t put our lives to the public. Every time you put a post on Facebook
    or Twitter you are sharing your life with the public. Lets be honest
    here almost everyone would for the right price. Seeing the people on the
    shows get rich and live it up does change people opinion about privacy.
    I know it changed mine.


  • SnodonStudents

    No, Reality TV does not make me more comfortable with surveillance. If
    anything it gives me a better idea outside my imagination the way
    surveillance the government uses can obtain information. Depending on
    the sites, places you go to and the items you purchase some Hoohaa in
    the government office would be like, “OMG! We got a terrorist man,” or
    “Racist! Freaking Racist! We need to search his house! He might commit a
    hate crime. I don’t trust the government’s decision making skills.
    People in the government are no different than the average person. By
    that, for example, a senator is just some guy that got elected through
    public vote. By Chase

  • SnodonStudents

    I would let them because even though you have to sign a contract they
    still have a limit to privacy that they have to give you. Say if you
    watch lizzerd like towing when they tell the camera crew that they have
    to leave they do but even if they don’t they still have the respect to
    not show what Ur doing.


  • SnodonStudents

    I don’t know rather to say “yes” or “no.” I mean my life is very
    interesting and for it to be all on national TV is just crazy. my life
    isn’t as interesting like ” Keeping Up With The Kardashins ” so why
    would anyone want to spy upon my life?


  • SnodonStudents

    Reality TV? Trixie thinks that being followed by cameras all day is
    basically not my choice. Trixie wouldn’t care what the person thinks,
    but privacy is privacy. Being followed by cameras is basically like
    another person stalking you; Millions of people so interested in what
    you do in 30 minutes. Take it like this: Trixie wakes up with a million
    of people in her room. Trixie is walking down the street with millions
    of people tweeting # SHE IS WALKING DOWN THE STREET LOL! Do you think
    Trixie want America to know what she do every day? Trixie doesn’t know
    you, and you don’t know Trixie. How would you feel if Trixie recorded
    you sleeping, being watched by millions of viewers.
    Trixie lulalamoon Tyrone

  • SnodonStudents

    Reality television has not affected how I look at surveillance because,
    people that are in reality TV shoes like Real World, Jersey Shore, and
    Duck Dynasty they all sign up for their surveillance and let people
    follow them and record the things they do. What the government is doing
    is not right and they’re doing it without our permission. If I were to
    sign a paper to let people follow me then I would. I would love to have
    my own reality TV show IF it was my actual life and not a script that
    they have gave me.Donnie

  • Guest

    I believe that reality television has, even though we don’t realize that it has… it definitely has.

    We have grown accustomed to watching peoples every move recorded on
    camera, their every thought somehow being displayed no matter how smart
    or how stupid it may make them seem. So the people that may view these
    shows all seem to think that it’s okay to be watched or really in a way
    you could say it’s almost stalking. It doesn’t raise any red flags with
    them because even though they know their being watched , it seems to
    be okay with them because they see all these “successful “ people being
    recorded every turn they make .

  • SnodonStudents

    I believe that reality television has, even though we don’t realize that it has… it definitely has.

    We have grown accustomed to watching peoples every move recorded on
    camera, their every thought somehow being displayed no matter how smart
    or how stupid it may make them seem. So the people that may view these
    shows all seem to think that it’s okay to be watched or really in a way
    you could say it’s almost stalking. It doesn’t raise any red flags with
    them because even though they know their being watched , it seems to
    be okay with them because they see all these “successful “ people being
    recorded every turn they make .

  • SnodonStudents

    There are all kind of people, Some like attention; Some don’t. I
    wouldn’t let a camera crew follow me around everyday. Although, I would
    let them if it was maybe 2 days a week, But not everyday. Television
    hasn’t changed my mind about privacy. Some people would like people to
    know everything that they do. Great example would be surprised by
    quints. The Jones family allow a camera crew to record alot of there
    personal life. Like diper changes, Trips, The babys first things, family
    outtings. Show like that on televison are nice to watch. But something
    like the kardashians is way to much. They get alot more televison time
    than they need. I belive that if someone wants a camera crrew to follow
    them around, thats them. I wouldnt let a camera crew in on my every

  • SnodonStudents

    I think reality television has not changed my perspective on privacy it
    is those people’s choices to be on those shows so they can’t complain
    about the privacy issue. I personally would not want to be followed
    around by a camera crew all day everyday If people want to do that then
    its their choice to be followed around by cameras

  • SnodonStudents

    Truly , if given the actual chance, privacy wouldn’t be a problem.

    Reading off a script and throwing some real emotion into it isn’t as bad as filming your actual life.

    With money involved, i truly believe people would put there insecurities aside .

    With the reality shows out today, it doesn’t make me want to be on one, and flaunt what i do in everyday society.

  • SnodonStudents

    No it has not. I say if people want to share their lives or if they want
    keep their lives private let them. I would allow it for the right
    price. Realty T.V shows the people they film get paid to share their
    lives there is no one who would do it for free.

  • SnodonStudents

    No reality tv hasn’t affected my perspective on personal privacy. They
    agree to be recorded by camera men for a length of time by the contract
    they sign. I personally would not enjoy having a van full of people with
    cameras following me around all day and watching me. I do my best to
    protect my privacy by never using my real name on websites or putting my
    info anywhere on the web. Some people like to an audience but I for one

  • SnodonStudents

    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 show kind of did change my perspective; I wouldn’t want
    cameras to follow me around and see what I do in my daily life because
    it’s annoying and irritating. I wouldn’t be able to have time for myself
    and just relax because I got cameras following me around. Also there is
    times where something really funny happens and I wish some people saw
    so they can laugh to, but overall I probably wouldn’t want a reality TV

  • SnodonStudents

    Reality television hasn’t really changed my perspective of privacy. I
    think people knew what they were getting into prior to the actual taping
    of the show. I’m really nonchalant about the whole idea of a camera
    crew documenting my everyday life. Although, some people may feel that
    being under surveillance is an invasion of ones’ privacy. I feel like
    you exposed your own privacy when you agreed to do a realty television
    show. In actuality I would love to have my own television show. Knowing
    that not everything gets aired, yet everything is being filmed even when
    a camera crew isn’t around, doesn’t really make me uncomfortable about
    my privacy or being under surveillance anyway. I myself use a lot of
    social networking sites as for Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. I’m a
    very open person about the things I post as well as how my accounts are
    set up. My accounts for the following sites are open, because I feel
    like I know what I want posted, and what I want my friends and followers
    to think of me, so I don’t try to hide anything from people, nor do I
    post things that may offend or not be appropriate to some people.

  • SnodonStudents

    Many different people like attention but I don’t like attention like
    that so i wouldn’t like for the camaras to be in my face all the time i
    would get tired of that but sometimes ain’t nothing wrong with a little
    bit of attention. I wouldn’t mind being on tv because you will get alot
    of attention and that wouild be cool and all but I also wouldn’t want
    to be on tv because that is just to much.

  • SnodonStudents

    I believe that reality tv doesn’t affect our view on our privacy. But it
    does change our view about the people on the shows. They might be
    normal but because of the acting they seem like someone else

  • SnodonStudents

    Me personally I think Reality TV attention is a waste of time. Because I
    know some people in the world can’t stand the attention because its

  • SnodonStudents

    What do you think? Because we are allowed to view private moments in the
    homes of established and fabricated “celebrities,” are we slowly
    becoming more comfortable with the idea of surveillance?

    I believe that since we can watch celebrities in there own Holmes and
    Daily lives that most may think that this is what reality TV is like
    and in reality it is just a cleaned up edited version of what life is
    really like. And most probably watch it to get away from there everyday
    lives. I also believe that some people also think that it would n’t
    bother them to be on a reality TV show. But I do guarantee that it wont
    last 6 months for the average person but if your a celebrity it would be
    much more and even then some still probably would go crazy eventually.

    -Wil P

  • SnodonStudents

    Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy? Would you
    allow a camera crew to document your everyday existence? Why or why not?

    Yes, reality television has affected my perspective on privacy and I
    wouldn’t allow a camera crew to document my everyday existence. Why?
    First off, cameras are followed everywhere you go if you’re going to be
    on a reality TV. I’d be fine if cameras followed me in some places I go,
    but I wouldn’t want it to be taken everywhere. I’d like to have some
    kind of privacy. Second of all, I would feel really uncomfortable,
    because I know there will be some days where I forget the camera is on
    and I do something embarrassing. People will see what I did on TV.

  • SnodonStudents

    Yes, reality television has affected my perspective on privacy. I wouldn’t mind the camera crew in the beginning but they would become
    annoying after a while. I couldn’t deal with paparazzi after the first
    day. To sum up my answer yes television has affected my perspective on
    privacy and i wouldn’t mind being documented in the beginning.

  • SnodonStudents

    I think that reality television is good because you’re getting attention
    . but you wonder if they ever get to much attention but I like
    attention somewhat.

  • SnodonStudents

    I do not watch Reality television that much. I feel as if it would not
    affect me to be followed around by a camera, having thousands and/or
    millions watching what I do on an everyday basis. My everyday life is
    not as private as most people would think. I go to school where there is
    an amount of teachers and kids I see for 7 hours a day and go home to
    see family and help out around the house. On the weekends play
    basketball and usually things around the area, but a camera would not
    stop any of my daily activities.

  • SnodonStudents

    Reality shows make me thankful for the privacy that I have. Having
    millions of people know about my everyday life just terrifies me. I
    don’t even like having my picture taken, why would I want people
    stalking me every day of my life. My privacy doesn’t have a price tag
    and yours shouldn’t either.

  • SnodonStudents

    Reality TV has definitely changes my perspective on privacy. It shows me
    that people these days don’t feel the need for much privacy, for
    example people “do it “while the camera is rolling also they fight and
    argue putting their personal business out there. And me personally I
    would not want someone following me around with a camera not that it
    would harm me it’s that my business is my business and I want to keep it
    to myself, there are too many judgmental fools out there that don’t
    deserve to know what I do in my free time. With all that said I don’t
    blame people who do it I could see how it might be fun it’s just not for
    me……….Chris .b

  • Kyle Williams

    I don’t think it does, but some people are not fine with having to be constantly filmed, it would just be a nuisance for the cameraman to have to capture every single shot of your life. You would also have to go and do something new almost every day and cause drama just to be interesting. I don’t think it would help any bit to make you seem like you are interesting or popular. People may be able to recognize you, but most of the time not in a positive manor.

  • Ben

    I think it would make a person less comfortable because no matter how normal they may seem on camera, I still don’t believe they are truly acting themselves.

  • Owen Manns

    I would say that reality TV has not changed my perspective on privacy one bit due to the fact that the people on reality TV want the cameras and everything there. They are making mucho dinero off of it. If I had the choice I would without a doubt take part in reality TV.

  • Samantha Wojcik

    I don’t think that watching reality TV would make me more conformable around

    surveillance. I like my own privacy and it would just be wearied having camera crews follow me around.

  • Fabian Arias

    I would not allow people to document my life because I would feel very uncomfortable. Reality T.V. has affected my perspective on privacy, because at times you might feel like people are watching you and or even recording you.

  • Daniel

    I wouldn’t mind them following me, except it would be the most boring thing on the television. Reality TV has skewed public opinion on certain figures. Reality TV has a way of changing stories and creating them to be dramatic or traumatic. Many networks are famous for this, for example. A popular network named TMZ, famous for over exploiting characters making them seem like they are the worst people in the world. My example for this is a popular music producer named Joel Zimmerman. When a few robbers took some of his moms things, he went to twitter and threw a few humorous tweets towards to occasion as to not seem like he was furious, TMZ took the story and changed his words into that he was “Vowing revenge against the robbers.” Famous networks love obscuring words that people say, so to answer the question, no I would hate to deal with that.

    • Fabian Arias

      I agree on how you say that big networks might always have a way in changing your words into other things.

  • Dakota Brooke

    I would not like cameras watching everything I do. They would have to offer me a pretty hefty paycheck to be on a camera basically all day, every day.

    • john

      i agree with what you are saying. we shouldn’t be exploited by cameras unless we get paid. simple as that.

  • Wesley Seidelmann

    I don’t think most people would really know that they’re under surveillance to be honest. So I think we are comfortable with it even if we don’t realize it.

  • Arthur Clemons

    I don’t believe that it has really affected me. Realty TV is made for entertainment and nothing more to me. I would use the TV show Trailer Park Boys as an example. Though they are just actors they do a lot of funny and obnoxious things that are purely there for entertainment, they make it seem almost real as they add the the camera crew into some of the takes, but it is all scripted. If I would ever have a camera crew follow me, it wouldn’t really be me. I would probably do more than I usually do to make it more interesting, and more sparatic than what I normally do.

  • Clay

    Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy? Would you
    allow a camera crew to document your everyday existence? Why or why not?

    Reality television has changed everyone’s perspective on privacy. If you’re comfortable watching someone else’s everyday life, then obviously something has changed. I personally would not be okay with a camera crew documenting everything I do. I prefer my privacy, and don’t understand why my life needs to be seen or documented by someone else. It’s my life, not theirs.

  • Quentin

    I would say that it could be both a good idea and a bad idea to let a camera crew to come in and film. The good thing is that there are some pretty funny things said amongst my family so why not entertain others with what goes on? One bad thing about this would be that you would constantly get bugged by them when you just want to go out and try to have some quality family time instead of being around cameras all day.

    • Isaac Scarborough

      I agree, their are some funny things that happen that would make for a great reality tv show, the only problem is keeping the authenticity of the people’s actions. As long as their not acting in a way to try to be funny for he audience, and just act naturally, on paper it’s a great idea.

  • Camdon Hisey

    I don’t think, personally, that any form of surveillance in areas that are considered my privacy would be comfortable. Even if the camera man was a close friend. I don’t think this necessarily means that I or anyone else that feels this way has something to hide. I just think a camera being in your face or around you at all times would be really annoying and maybe even flustering.

  • Cole Reinhold

    I could see how reality TV could influence people over the course of time to make them be more ok with less privacy. I personally can see both sides of the argument, for one there are things that I would hate to know that some random person knew, but in the same breath I don’t really care if someones watching or listening to me now and again.

    • Arthur Clemons

      I agree, there are some things that would be cool for people to just watch, but also there are people who do really odd things that are normal and are very disturbing.

  • Isaac Scarborough

    Honestly, reality television has shown me that people will do almost about anything, such as giving up their privacy, in order to gain publicity and fame. Granted, it is only for a short time. I would really not like to be filmed constantly, as for obvious reasons I enjoy some moments of privacy. I also feel that being filmed and knowing you’re being watched by a large audience can cause you to act in a different way to entertain them. If anything, I think reality television is portraying false depictions of people and their lives, possibly influencing how we act as well.

    • Clay

      I agree with what you’re saying here. Why change how you act to entertain a bunch of people you don’t even know?

  • Spencer Uyhelji

    I know that most of our actions are watched and recorded as it is, but they are not accessed until a need has been shown through something such as a warrant. I don’t watch reality TV, as I can read enough body language to be annoyed by how fake most of it is. I would possibly allow a camera crew to document my everyday life, but not the private parts of it. I simply do not want my privacy to be broken on the things that make up my persona, as my image is very important to me, as I will be going into private fields of work when I graduate from college.

    • Cole Reinhold

      I can see where you come from. There are a lot of things that are fine when it comes to observance, but yet there are always those small things that you should be able to keep yourself.

  • Lane

    Has reality television affected your perspective on privacy? Would you allow a camera crew to document your everyday existence? Why or why not?

    No reality television doesn’t affect my perspective on privacy, I also would not allow a camera crew to document my everyday existence. The reasons why I say that reality television doesn’t affect my perspective on privacy is that people have things that they have done, or are going to do, that they wish for some people not to know, or anybody besides the ones involved in it. The reason why I wouldn’t allow a camera crew to document my everyday existence, because it’s my life and I don’t want people outside of it view and judge me for my life, when they have no idea of what I had been through, they would only be viewing my actions now. It would get annoying if people fallowed me 24/7. I am not that interesting for people to want to know my life, nor would I want people knowing about my life.

  • Monica Figueroa

    I don’t think I would like a camera crew document my everyday life. It would be very uncomfortable for me I would say because I do like my privacy at times and also I don’t think it would be a very fun reality to watch.

  • john

    i believe that reality tv has ruined america. Shows like jersey shore and 16 and pregnant have given people false hope for fame. thats my thoughts on this

  • sallyedelstein

    Americans have long loved the opportunity to embarrass themselves. Long
    before reality TV, the mid century masochist longing for public
    mortification had ample opportunity to air their shortcomings thanks to Madison Avenue.
    For example,you could make a fool of yourself and win $50 to boot just by submitting your most embarrassing “slip” moment to the Mary Barron Slip company where the
    lucky winner would have her story printed in one of its ads so that everyone could chuckle at her major gaffe.


Kristin Farr

Kristin Farr is KQED's Arts Education Manager. She is the creator and producer of the Emmy Award-winning video series, Art School, which brings audiences into artists' studios to learn about contemporary art, and engages learners with ideas for new ways to get creative. She is also an artist and a contributing editor for Juxtapoz Magazine.

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