June 2, 2013

Insights by Michelle Libby

Reality TV, real drama that reels you in

What is the fascination with reality TV and where does it go from here. The first reality show I watched was Road Rules on MTV, where six strangers were chosen to spend time together in an RV and do challenges. Awesome fun. Then I started watching Real World, now I’m addicted to most of what’s on. Biggest Loser, The Voice, The Bachelorette and The Amazing Race are all shows I watch. Not necessarily when they air, but when I need a break from reality.
Sounds odd, right?

My break from reality is reality TV. The Bachelorette started Monday night. I missed it and caught up yesterday and today. They say it’s reality TV, but who lives like this and gets wooed and whisked away for exotic lands by not one, but 17 handsome, chiseled jaw men. That’s not the reality I know.
What about a show where the bachelor is a dirt poor cowboy who works long hours on the range and the women…real women who shop at Walmart and their idea of a date is dinner at The Olive Garden and then a movie or bowling.

I guess that’s too much reality for TV.

Escapism is a much needed form of stress relief. Some, like our athlete of the week Ben Breton, turns to running to relieve the stress of school and some practice deep breathing. Taking a moment for yourself to read, run or watch an hour of reality fluff TV, can be a great way to recharge and remind yourself that sometimes reality is nothing like reality.

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