How Reality TV Marks the Beginning of Citizen Media
The low cost of putting seven, non-SAG union, strangers in a house to see what happens when people start being real is highly attractive for any station looking to create an original show.
The reality TV format removes the professional actor and writer while increasing reliance on editors.
What happens if we remove everything else; the expensive cameras, network affiliation, million dollar prize, and – dare I say – advertisements subsidizing everything we just cut out?
(it’s a half rhetorical question – cause it’s already half here)