Reality TV Essay
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Reality TV: The Rise of a New Show
One of the newest shows to hit the vast majority of reality TV shows that already exist is The Contender. The Contender is a show that focuses on all the hardships, training, pain, and dilemmas that a boxer, who is preparing to fight, must endure. The Contender will be a very successful show, because it has the attributes of raw emotion that can’t be found when a director is yelling ‘action,’ and ‘cut.’ By raw emotion I mean that the viewer has reason to watch the television show due to an emotional attachment, besides the mere entertainment value, or for the love of the sport of boxing. Viewers fall in love, but instead of characters, they are able to fall…show more content…
The Contender is centered on a group of professional boxers who are contending for a one million dollar prize. They essentially must fight one another in single elimination five round fights. The fights are set up and the fighters are chosen by one of the two teams that win the challenge before the fight. The rules of the game are established, but this is the backdrop to what the show truly is. The show is a success due to the battle of emotion, not the battle of fists between the men in the ring. The rules for reality television shows, are just measures to evoke emotion. Other great examples are the betrayals and voting in Survivor, or the decisions in The Bachelor.
The Contender accomplishes what all of the great reality television shows accomplish. The raw emotion is brought to the viewer through a family member, loved one, or even a mentor. The Contender establishes a background story for every boxer allowing for a connection to be made between the viewer, and the contestant. The connection is what allows for the viewer to continue watching for the weeks ahead.
These men are shown training for their goal, and shown putting in the extra work to make a dream come true. However, one thing that The Contender has that is not found in many other shows, and a reason for its success, is the determination and drive of the competitors. The twist to The Contender is that all of these men have been
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CHAPTER 1, THE AMERICAN IDIOT
A caricature of American stupidity, a metaphor about our consumer society and a visual interpretation of the Arab Spring. Pearl Square is burning, welcome to Essays On Reality, Chapter 1.
Essays On Reality is an ongoing series of short video art installations, influenced by the existentialist and surrealist movement, and inspired by social-political and economic events from around the world.
Each chapter is depicted as a caricature of its theme, which is then seperated into three essays.
Accordingly, each theme asks three questions:
Who is the subject
What are his/her habits and lifestyle
How he/she perceives the world
Created and Directed by Greg Barth
Music & Sound design
Art direction and Lead Design
Assistant Art Director
Sylvain Lavoie, Jean-Constant Guigue, Greg Barth
A huge thank you to Jason Rodi for helping this project come to life