Students Tune in as Reality TV Programs Become Hot Fad

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Students Tune in as Reality TV Programs Become Hot Fad


Byline: Tracy Siegel

The newest craze has hit Vernon Hills High School students. No, it is not a new fashion fad or advanced technology that everyone must have. It's reality television.

Typically, the day after sporting events, the halls of VHHS are always filled with comments about the various games or matches of the school. Now, VHHS students are found to be discussing who "Joe Millionaire" or "The Bachelorette" dismissed the night before.

"It is really exciting watching reality shows because nobody is able to predict what is going to happen next," senior Jigar Shah said.

Reality television has become so popular that a group of VHHS students now gather together several times a week to catch some of their favorite reality shows.

Senior Ian Peckler thinks it is a great way to bond.

"My friends and I have made it a habit to have reality show parties," he said

The shows offer students the opportunity to relate to the contestants. With other programs, many students have a hard time relating to the fictional characters.

"With the reality shows, the viewer is able to relate to the characters. It is fun watching because I can picture myself in those situations, unlike on other shows," senior Kim Paloian said.

Viewers do not need to worry about the disappearance of reality- based television anytime soon. Recently, the public has had many reality program options to choose. MTV offers "The Real World," "Road Rules" and "The Osbournes," which features rocker Ozzy Osbourne and his dysfunctional family. CBS broadcasts "Survivor" and "Big Brother," shows where people work together while simultaneously undermining each other in order to win money. …

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