Reality Bites

Reality Bites
August 12, 2015 OPR

After having the amazing opportunity to work on a great client like Netflix it naturally causes a strong curiosity to explore every element of entertainment.  One big frustration I have is the concept of reality TV. I do not understand why every night my Twitter and Facebook feeds are full of status updates about The Bachelor! Don’t people realise there is so much better content available and that it is so easily accessible? I guess I am biased saying this however I am addicted to Netflix – you ask why? It’s because I can watch what I want, when I want and with no interruptions. I can watch my favourite show on the bus to work and pick up where I left off on my laptop during my lunch break. How good is that? I’m also getting to the point where I’d rather have a binge fest on my weekends instead of hitting the town.

To date there is a large variety of shows viewed by millions of people all around the globe, and we all share one common motive; to be entertained. Shows such as The Bachelor and Keeping up with the Kardashians are watched by people in order to escape from the reality of their own lives. Thomas Foss a political scientist and journalist states that the productions have full control of the shows and create these “fake realities”. So my question to consumers is why not escape with shows that are not misleading and form corrupt stereotypes.

Orange is the New Black, Grace & Frankie and House of Cards feature great actors of skill and integrity and are therefore worth cancelling your weekend plans for a binge. I guess everyone has their guilty pleasures and reality TV is definitely not mine!