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    Should Reality TV's Name Be Change to Fictional Reality TV?

    With the rise of so many news stories revealing how Reality TV isn’t real at all, should the name "Reality TV" be changed to reflect what it really is–Fictional Reality TV (FRTV) Reality TV truly represents the idea of what people experience on a daily basis, but these experiences that are showcased on Reality TV are forced manipulations to make it appealing to watch. For example, Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People supposedly live off the Alaskan land, and they barter for the things they need. Since they are getting paid for the TV show, do they really barter to get the things they need? Furthermore, if the name is changed to FRTV, will the ratings of these shows be impacted? Are people or a reality show’s audience more likely to discredit the show if the genre is visible, calling the show what it is?

    • "Fictional reality TV" might be a mouthful, but I say a name change is definitely in order. Personally, I know reality shows are scripted, but I still enjoy a few. Actually, knowing they're scripted sometimes makes the experience better. Example: I watch parenting-centered shows like Supernanny, and I know the camera people must be behind their equipment saying, "I'll give you a piece of candy if you call Mommy a poopoo head." The thought is hysterical. – Stephanie M. 3 weeks ago
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    • Hi Stephanie, I was devasted to find out the reality TV was so scripted. I thought camera men just followed people and the editors cut and paste to make sure there was a climatic point to the story. I'm glad we agree that there should be a name change. Acronyms are so popular in our society that all we have to do is start using FRTV, and I bet it catches on. Thank you for the feedback! – Vchelle 3 weeks ago
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    • I prefer the term, "Cancelled." – Tigey 2 weeks ago
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    Thank you for your view on this very important topic. As an English Professor of Composition, I cringe when I see bad grammar or missing words or misspelled words. I think quality must be a factor with quantity. I know that I need an editor just because it is good writing practice to have on. If I’m surfing the web, looking at online news articles, or even just looking at a potential job opportunity, if the writing is not good, I shy away from the article and the website because someone (an editor) did not do enough investigation, research, or proofing. Bad grammar and typos make me feel that the source is not trustworthy. So, I hope that editors have a voice in the matter where ever they are working because I bow down to a good editor and I appreciate his/her work. As an inspiring writer, I can’t live without an editor.

    Where Did All the Editors Go?

    I haven’t entered into the world of philosophy, but this article/post is interesting. I had never heard of the Late 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. However, I do feel that life is meaningful in itself, and we are just the expression of this life. I understand that “Death of God” means the death of religious structure, maybe? The Universe is just not out there somewhere, but it resides in all of us, and we reside in it. My 11-year-old daughter was looking at all of the planets in the Universe in a book, and she wondered if there was life on Mars since it was the closest planet to Earth. My husband said that it has to be life because they found water on Mars, which I’m not sure if that’s true or not, but I then said to them both: What if our standard of what constitutes life, which one of those things is water, doesn’t apply to other planets? Life is meaningful, and on this planet and at this time, humans, animals, trees, nature in general, the birth of children, the death of loved ones, are all meaningful.

    The Death of a Purposeful Man

    There are a few books that I attempted to reread. They are my spiritual or self-help books. I feel so full because of the (aha!) moments that I experience that I want to reread the book. Over the years, I began highlighting sections of the book if the idea or topic resonated with me. Now, I start at the beginning of those highlighted books and just skim through and read all of what I highlighted. I feel accomplished that I’ve captured the essence of the book. When I read fiction, I ponder on the emotion that comes along with the good read, and then I sort of revisit specific sections of the book in my head. This recording in my mind and heart is enough for me. I normally don’t reread fiction. Good article.

    Why Reread Books? The Pros and Cons of Rereading