Dating in dark couples
"All the characters were so relatable." But recent seasons of MTV's pioneer reality show focus mostly on drinking, partying, fake work environments and late-night hook-ups.She also enjoys , a three-hour candid set of unaired scenes where houseguests talk, argue, or just do everyday activities in the house.She spoke with me recently about her televised dating experience and had some insightful comments on reality TV today, how it got here, and where it should head next.Perl-Raver admits that she had her own reasons for appearing on , in which each episode, three men and three women get acquainted in complete darkness before selecting a suitable match to see in the light.
I would love to think that, like everything else – the pet rock, the hula hoop – the entertainment value of reality TV is going to dwindle." Perl-Raver would rather see a resurgence in scripted television, acknowledging that's hard during a recession.The other two males remained in the house only as companions to Chris.Perl-Raver says the show left out several other dates and milestones, including a scene when the girls receive humorous sketches based on the guys' perceptions of them in the dark, and a sexually-charged date including Jennifer, Chris and whip cream.It costs a great deal less to produce an hour of reality than an hour of primetime drama.
My fear is that (reality TV) will become more participatory with the audience," she says.
Have networks and producers skewed reality so much over time that it's no longer about real people and real life, or have we just mislabelled a genre that thrives on manufactured clichés, unreal situations, and good old fashioned voyeurism?