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  • Ozan Can Yılmaz
  • Giray Saynur Derman


Reality Television, media studies, media literacy, media responsibility


This article presents a critical examination that seeks to unveil the ethical considerations inherent in reality television. By carefully examining its profound impact on participants, viewers, and society, the article aims to reveal the multifaceted issues at hand. The study draws upon case examples of exploitative practices employed within reality shows, including manipulating prearranged storylines, deploying emotional coercion, and inflicting public humiliation. Moreover, it meticulously unpacks the harmful effects of these practices, unearthing the toll they exact upon the well-being and personal relationships of those who participate. In addition, the article critically assesses how reality television distorts the fabric of reality itself, perpetuating harmful stereotypes, fostering the proliferation of detrimental cultural norms, and molding viewers' self-perception and aspirations. With a discerning eye, it brings to the forefront the wider societal implications that result from the pervasive influence of this genre, such as the desensitization wrought by vulgar and sensational content, the rampant glorification of materialism and wealth, and the consequent devaluation of truly meaningful achievements. Firmly underlining the media's responsibility in this context, the article advocates for establishing strong ethical guidelines and cultivating media literacy to foster responsible consumption. Findings emphasize the importance of raising awareness and holding all parties involved in producing and broadcasting reality shows accountable for their actions. Findings also resoundingly reaffirm the persisting ethical concerns entangled with the domain of reality television, underscoring the necessity of mindfulness, accountability, and responsible media practices.




How to Cite

Yılmaz , O. C. ., & Derman , G. S. . (2023). THE REALITY PARADOX: CONTROVERSIES, REFLECTIONS, AND RESPONSIBILITIES. International Journal of Social and Economic Sciences, 13(1), 32–45. Retrieved from