Reality Shows – What they really are and why they are so popular.

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Have you ever watched a reality show and became a fan of it?   Or watched shows like Honey Boo Boo, Mike Holmes, Duck Dynasty?

Do you think they are about real life?    Think again.

Reality shows are anything but, reality.   They are designed to sell us something, or encourage behaviors from us or both.  Many of these shows get filmed a year or more before being aired.  They just don’t record a show, then air it that same week.  It has to go through pre production, production, post production.  Has to be approved by many, people and groups before even hitting the airways.

This is something that many of us know and understand as being part of that industry.  What many do not realize is that they target certain social groups with these shows and as well certain mentalities and sadly, IQ levels.

For example, the people who love Mike Holmes shows,Deck Wars, Kitchen Cousins, basically shows about home repair, improvement or fixing up bad renovations,  are targeted by these shows.    In them they find somebody who has a dramatic story of woe, that will get your emotions going and then you watch.   While watching the thirty minute renovation, you learn about tools, or about spray foam insulation or even new technologies like the tankless water heater which gives water on demand.   Or they give you decor ideas with creating a focal point of a fake fireplace with a new large flat screen tv mounted above it.

They are selling you things.   That’s right.  It’s a huge thirty minute to one hour commercial.  And it has another effect.  Of making you go out, getting a home renovation loan and to spend that money on these products in a renovation so you can have that new and shiny home you want, but can’t afford.    When these shows were at their height, the interest rates at the banks were at their lowest and it spurred people to do renovations on their homes, buying these products.   That allowed the banks to profit on unnecessary renovations.

That also spurred another industry, which was and still encouraged by shows like “Property Virgins”, or shows that featured the home designer vs the Realtor.   Numerous shows like this sprung up and became a hit.   All these shows are selling us something or to push us into a specific behavior.   Fixing up, redecorating, renovating and selling and buying homes.  And again, in order to do these things, you need money, and for that you go to the banks.

Then you get shows that people fall into believing these are real everyday people who couldn’t be a lie.   Guess again.  Duck Dynasty.  That’s a show to sell you duck hunting gear.  I’m not talking about the merchandise in Walmart, I’m talking about real hunting gear.   The family in the show portrays themselves as hicks.  Guess again.  They are white-collar yuppies from California, who built a duck hunting merchandise empire.   They created the show to sell their merchandise.  Every word spoken on that show is a lie, written by writers and scripted and polished for you.  To convince you that it’s all real and couldn’t possibly be to sell you anything.   This way you run out and buy their gear.

If you want more evidence of this just look at the credits for these shows.  Look at the sponsor logos and the list of writers.

All the reality shows are there for one reason.  To manipulate you.