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Is reality real? Protecting the viewers through informative disclaimers

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  1. Introduction
  2. Categories of reality television
  3. History of the quiz-show scandal
  4. Forms of deception in reality programming
  5. From the quiz-show scandal to present day enforcement of section 317 by the F.C.C.
  6. Pros and cons of product placement in reality programming
  7. The pros and cons of regulation
  8. Conclusion

Reality television has swept America over like an epidemic. Almost every channel has some form of a reality show. This genre began in 1989 with the creation of COPS and America's Funniest Home Videos. Only three years later MTV aired the first episode of The Real World. After that, reality programming became quite popular. Numerous broadcasting companies began airing their own form of reality television. This rise in reality programming has transformed television viewing over the past 20 years. Although not all reality programming is identical, they all share common qualities. These qualities usually consist of real everyday people put on television for their moment of fame and/or change in their present situation. In these past two decades, reality television has diverged in all different directions. Now reality television as a genre by itself is too broad to describe in detail. Therefore, in order to understand and effectively regulate reality programming, the different types of reality programming must be broken down into sub-categories. These sub-categories of reality are competitive, sitcom, popular, documentary, viral, and remake reality.

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