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Apparently the Hgtv reality show House Hunters has been outed as a fake, but so what? Haven’t we known all along that reality TV is nothing but a put-on? Andy Dehnart at The Daily Beast thinks it matters: Labeling a television show as “reality TV” represents a contract with the audience that the program has consequence to its real-life cast members. A network is saying to its potential viewers: This show will affect real people, whether they are people who are just like you or are fun for you to mock. Whether cast members are competing for $1 million or just being filmed in their daily lives, their experience in front of cameras has an actual impact on them. ... The bottom line is simple: The people on our screens can be affected, and we can be affected by them. That contract, that promise of consequence and authenticity, is what causes people to tune in, »

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