It is a poster of “Transit Love 2.”
/Photography extracted from TVING
“Can you live in the same house with your ex-lover?” Questions that were previously considered impossible are common in entertainment media these days. Unlike the past TV shows that focused on the love between men and women and the birth of new couples, these days entertainment shows have diversified and focuses on other aspects, such as lovers who broke up and sexual minorities. In particular, the romance reality program has become one of the most popular contents now, ranking first on several Over the Top (OTT) platforms. Although dating reality shows have become content that draws many people’s attention, there are some aspects that do not fit our social norms and bring out controversy. Therefore, the Dongguk Post would like to find out the success factors and their ripple effects of love reality shows .
TV shows have fallen in love with the charm of dating reality in real life
A love reality program refers to an entertainment program that observes and shows the appearance of love as it is. It is characterized by the public appearing to appeal to each other’s charm or by observing the behavior of lovers. These program producers say that romance reality shows mostly recruit ordinary people to display their natural appearance and indirectly make viewers feel the emotion of excitement without embellishment. The MZ generation, who are honest with their self-expression, appear to be more immersed in these programs. Jeong Yu-jeong (Freshman, Business Administration) said, “I fell in love with the honest and realistic charm. At first, I wondered if it was fun to see other people’s love, but when I saw a situation that anyone could experience, it doubled my immersion. I was able to find myself waiting for the next episode with excitement.”
The theme of love reality shows is becoming more diverse, showing the emotions behind the excitement of the public. In the past, programs in the form of virtual marriage or blind dates were the main ones. However, recently, stories of divorced people looking for new love and living with an ex-lover who broke up are depicted. Compared to the programs that show what the public thinks of as formal love, there has been a tendency to express individual emotions honestly recently, and changes in content are occurring.
Such love reality programs are gaining popularity since it is easy to sympathize with the people on the shows by watching the emotions that anyone, from real-life couples of various ages to lovers who are worried about parting, will experience. “Transit Love 2,” which ended successfully, is a romance reality program in which couples who broke up for various reasons gather in one house to look back on their past relationships, face new relationships, and find their own love. The top-rated broadcast received a great response from the public by expressing the feelings of a jealous man while looking at his ex-lover choosing a new partner. In addition to vicarious satisfaction through the program, viewers can indirectly feel, sympathize with, and see the scars and pains of the cast in their own situations. As the saying goes, “It is hard to fathom the real minds and intentions of men,” there is room for a reversal, and the advantage is that it can be seen easily.
In addition, the emergence of the OTT platforms provided an opportunity to freely try programs that had not been tried before because of minor regulations. As TV channels became more diverse, the stories of the programs became more diverse with the addition of enabling 19-year-old to talk about sexual minorities’ serious love stories. As one of the times changed, the social atmosphere has changed to influence people to reveal themselves without hesitation.
We should be wary of provocative productions
Due to the nature of entertainment programs with the purpose of entertainment, there is a concern that they will find more and more stimulating materials to create a buzz. Since immoral content such as cheating on one’s lover, having an affair, and lying can be shown through the broadcast and turned into a light problem, stimulating materials should be avoided. Jeong Yu-jeong (Freshman, Business Administration) said, “Love reality program allows me to feel the excitement or fresh feelings of dating while watching the program and feel the honest mood change of the cast.” It is popular as we can feel the excitement of love; on the other hand, it is pointed out that there is too much sensitive content, which makes it morally uncomfortable to see. Recently, “Eden, Descendants of Instinct” showed free-spirited physical touch and excessive exposure, raising viewers’ eyebrows. Some argued that the reason for the more exciting romance reality show is that they are looking for Korean-style stimulation. Compared to the programs overseas, we cannot show a higher level in Korea yet, so we are trying to capture stronger, and stimulating points as possible within the broadcasting regulations.
In addition, it is also a problem for viewers to criticize the appearance of the cast on the show. Since most cast members are ordinary people, severe slander and personal attacks can lead to personal privacy violations. As a result, there are growing concerns that a solution is needed to protect the cast. Since ordinary people do not act as they see what they have learned, there is a high probability of showing a natural appearance since they act as if they are immersed in the situation. Therefore, viewers should recognize that defamation and invasion of privacy are obvious crimes, and the production crew must take a more serious approach to protect the cast. Additionally, another problem is that people with a past such as assault or a criminal record to appear on TV. As ordinary people appear, the importance of preliminary verification by the production team is also increasing.
The heyday of romance reality shows will continue for the time being. Dating reality is a trend that attracts the public’s attention. However, a genre that seeks only to provide stimulation without sincerity should be resisted. Love reality, which has the power to give viewers fun, creates empathy, and has an honest charm, should move in a way that both the cast and viewers can enjoy. If you want to wake up your love cells with excitement, the Dongguk Post recommends watching a new romance reality show that will absorb you into it.
Jung Ji-yeon email@example.com
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