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Reality TV

Reality TV shows like Survivor, The Bachelor, Big Brother, and the like seem to be all-the-rage right now. So much so, that next year will see the creation of Reality Central, a cable channel dedicated to those types of shows. Personally, I expect it to fail pretty spectacularly, as I believe that this is just a fad, and people are going to start getting sick of these shows and fall back to the tried-and-true sitcoms and fictional dramas.

However, it does bring to mind a prediction that I made years ago, back when shows like Cops and America’s Most Wanted were the television soup du jour. My prediction was that we would eventually have a “Crime TV” network. With Crime TV, businesses would syndicate video feeds from their security cameras. Home viewers would watch for suspicious behavior, and win prizes for helping the stores nab shoplifters. Sponsorship of these feeds would make it feasible for malls and department stores to downsize some of their security personel, and possibly even turn security into a profit center.

Okay, so it’s not all that likely to happen in…um…reality. Crime TV would be a legal nightmare. Broadcasting surveillance video for profit without the permission of those being monitored and people trying to scam the system by making false accusations are just the first two things that come to mind. But doesn’t it sound just feasible enough? Doesn’t it sound like it’s just this side of the science fiction in The Running Man?

About Dougal Campbell

Dougal is a web developer, and a "Developer Emeritus" for the WordPress platform. When he's not coding PHP, Perl, CSS, JavaScript, or whatnot, he spends time with his wife, three children, a dog, and a cat in their Atlanta area home.
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3 Responses to Reality TV

  1. TV Guy says:

    Have you heard about this?

    Press release:
    UPN, Reality Central, FOX, Comedy Central, FX, Bravo, Fuse, and USA has been in talks with to producing NightSociety reality show.

    Show Synopsis :

    NightSociety is a reality show about nightlife. Season one begins in a city (?) (and will continue throughout different cities, on different seasons). Here we find one person, to show-off one of there favorite clubs. One person, one club, 13 episodes.

    They are looking for wild, funny,fresh, aggressive hip-looking people, with over-powering personalities. The perfect candidate, will know all the stories behind the club, the regulars who are there, and give the juice.

    Do you want to be the host of your favorite club in your city? Go to there site for more info at the website, under Reality Show.


    TV Guy

  2. dixen says:

    it seems we americans can do anything for money on RTV. Isnt it driving all of us nuts!!!!!!!!!!

  3. reality tv says:

    I thought Reality TV shows were just a fad too, but I don’t think they’re going away anytime soon. I actually like the new INXS show.

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