19    Oct 20122 comments

Television: Is ‘reality’ real?

Why is reality television so popular?

Genealogists think researching our own unique families is real enough!

Of course, genealogists love shows on genealogy, which offer insight into breaking through brick walls. Those shows also allow us to vicariously achieve success along with the celebrity tracking his or her ancestors.

My favorite part of all those shows is how the celebrity always finds a convenient parking place directly in front of every archive he or she visits. That doesn’t happen very often in real life.

If your own family research isn’t quite enough for you, there’s a new book out on reality TV.

June Deery, an associate professor of communication and media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (New York), says in her book, Consuming Reality, that this genre is changing the face of both the entertainment industry and culture – whether we like it or not.

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