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.

A Money Incentive

Some students pointed to money as a plus side to being on filmed for Reality TV.

It’s Not Real Life

Many students discussed how being in the spotlight doesn’t reflect real life.

Watching People Tie their Shoes?

Some students pointed to how boring and meaningless it can be to watch people do mundane activities.

My Thoughts About Surveillance in Pictures

Many students expressed their opinions about surveillance through images.

Besides our normal Twitter responses, many discussed the topic on the #DoNowRealityTV post like the thread of conversation below..

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  • jason

    I believe that peoples privacy is their main right as an American citizen. Tv shows should not invade on this by giving the people money. Once you have started there is no going back, unless no one watches your show, and the longer you wait to stop it, the less likely that it is that you can stop it. I know that I wouldnt want someone watching me sleep, or blink my eye every day, and minute of my life.


Laura Robledo

Laura Robledo studied English at UC Berkeley. When she is not reading, looking up new music, or running half marathons, she loves to explore the beautiful city of San Francisco.

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