Has Reality TV Gone Too Far?

Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) December 17, 2009 -- MTV may be flying in the face of serious controversy and disaster if it goes ahead and airs an episode of Jersey Shore where one of stars, Snookie, is punched in the face by a random man at a bar. She is seen laying on the floor of the bar. The next shot is of a man in handcuffs being escorted to a police car.

It is revealed that the guy, who threw the punch in the show, is Brad Ferro, a teacher from Queens.

It was reported that the North Queens Community High School teacher make an effort to steal Nicole Polizzi's (Snookie) cocktail. When confronted by her, Ferro hit the pint-sized star in the face, at the Beachcomber Bar and Grill in Seaside Heights.

Ferro was placed under arrest, found guilty of simple assault and fined $500, given a six-month suspended sentence and ordered to take anger management classes. Steve Korman, Seaside Heights detective, revealed that the punchy boozer had been told to ease off drinking, because he seemed to be too drunk.

Jersey Shore , already under a cloud of controversy by some sectors of the viewing audience, is a reality television show where eight self proclaimed 'guidos' and guidettes', live and party together for a full alcohol fueled summer.

Reality television is a low cost form of TV that theoretically provides viewers entertainment through unscripted, dramatic or humorous events, featuring ordinary people, instead of using professional actors.

This form of TV can cover anything from quiz shows, elimination games, to surveillance focused productions, such as Big Brother. It is the kind that uses sensationalism to attract the audience and thus generate advertising profit.

Many of the shows appear unscripted, though often the participants are coached to act in a certain manner by off screen 'story editors' or 'segment producers'. Actions and speech are often manipulated and contrived to create an illusion of reality, through editing and other post-production techniques.

The Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2008 declared its first Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality-Competition Program. Television academy Chairman and CEO, John Shaffner, said "Reality television has become such an integral part of television and our culture, so it only made sense for us to create this new highly competitive category".

Still reality television can include, illusionary environments, misleading editing, restaging, premeditated scripting and acting, as well as failure to fulfill the promises of winnings.

Media Analyst, Tom Alderman, noted, "There is a sub-set of Reality TV that can only be described as 'Shame TV’ because it uses humiliation as its core appeal".

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Press Release Submitted On: December 17, 2009 at 10:04 pm
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