Part of the magic of TV is perfection. The cast and crew have the ability to rehearse and shoot over and over again until they have for the public a perfect, award-winning shot. Together with the editing team, they sustain the fantasy.
But sometimes, the value of TV comes from reality — the spontaneity and surprise, and sometimes the horror — of pop culture spectacles, controversial cases, and natural disasters.
Despite the rise of “reality” TV shows such as Keeping Up With the Kardashians, The Real L Word, and The Real Housewives, many of these clips feel plastic and staged. Instead of a glimpse into their real lives, we experience a cheapened version, one that is meant to entertain.