We the children are tomorrow’s future. Everyone in this room could possibly be tomorrow’s future athletes, politicians, musicians, teachers or maybe even the next big Reality TV Star because as you know that could make you the next president or the next hottest rapper. Speaker Credibility: Full disclosure– I’m a reality TV junkie, I’ve been binge-watching reality TV since I was 9, and I researched even more on the topic. Thesis/Preview: I’m not the only one who’s obsessed with watching it, because according to a 2017 BBC article, “reality television shows remain both incredibly popular and the subject to a wide range of criticism” so the question to ask now is if everyone hates reality TV, then why is more then half of our country obsessed with watching it? Hopefully, we can help to answer this question by looking at: The history behind reality TV It’s psychological and sociological aspects Inherent lessons learned through it Transition: First, let’s take a look at the history of Reality TV Body History of the first Reality TV show ever First came out in the 1970s and aired on PBS titled, “An American Family” Much like the Kardashians started out as a family show, the first reality TV series started off the same way. It documented the lives of the Loud family and was a twelve-hour documentary series which followed the family for a span of seven months.
According to pbs.org, over the span of this twelve part series “viewers watched dramatic life events unfold, including Pat asking for a separation from her husband Bill, and the bohemian New York lifestyle of their gay son. Lance”. Creators learned what viewers truly wanted — drama In the 80s the dramatic premiere of Cops aired on Fox Network Even crazier stuff in the 90s with MTV’s The Real World In the 2000s the Kardashians came about and molded reality TV Culturally speaking, reality TV molds our society According to psychologist Dr. Jim Taylor in his book, Raising Generation Tech: Preparing your child for a media-fueled world, says that “such behavior on television has made popular culture into a cesspool of amoral behavior” Or perhaps, the reverse is true: If people did not want to view reality shows, then we wouldn’t watch them. Reality television is like a car wreck on the highway: we can’t help but stop and stare. Transition: Next, we’re going to take a look at the science behind Reality TV Complicated and comes in two parts — psychological and sociological aspects According to the book, Toward the Sociology of Reality Television by Dr. Kim Smith, “Reality shows are like reality experiments, both social and very thought provoking”