The dominate TV of the 21st century, as sitcoms, westerns, and variety shows were the dominate of the 20th century. Usually like by young adults age 15-40 and includes stuff such as eating cow brains for a million dollars or trying to survive on an island. Or you can have dating shows, which are not that bad, and stuff that are for models and singers.
American Idol, Survivor, and Fear Factor is an example of reality TV.
A truly saddening development of modern media. Programming which lacks any redeeming social, intellectual or moral value but is nonetheless poigniant in a macabre way due to the reflection it offers of a rapidly declining western culture. Primarily watched by mindless, brainwashed Americans who are long since bereft of any intelligent thought or recognizable human values (greed and self-interest notwithstanding).
Reality TV is one of the major reasons I decided to stop watching television entirely. That, and the fact that every news station in the country is owned by a very small number of rich white males who have absolutely no vested interest whatsoever in educating the public, offering useful information, or doing anything other than making more money than any human being could possibly have practical use for over several lifetimes.
possibly the worst advent in television since pro wrestling. Basically an excuse for Fox TV to only have to spend $30,000 dollars on random street folk and a handycam, so they can tape for twelve hours and get ridiculously high ratings, turning a large profit in the process-originated with shows like COPS, and Candid Camera, and eventually degraded itself to shit like "The Simple Life," "Joe Millionare," and most recently and disgustingly, "The Swan"
"Rupert Murdoch is a walking, talking asshole who uses human degradation to add to his pile of blood-money."