Reality show dating in the dark
According to Perl-Raver, producers and editors created narratives and clichés based on exaggerated actions or parts of their personality.
During Chris' final date with Sasha Perl-Raver, producers captured and chose to air an aggressive kiss where she bites him on the lip.
In her blog, she writes "A large part of me feels like they edited out some of the best stuff to make the storylines clichéd enough to entertain without illumination" – a perfect metaphor for her dark dating experience.
In the episode, Sasha and contestants Jennifer and Megan all select the same man – athletic trainer Chris – to share a final date and reveal each other in the light.
Perl-Raver says it reveals the most real scenes from an otherwise manufactured reality environment."If only reality TV could be a little more honest with its audience and with itself, like a caution on a package of cigarettes.
Some of this is real, some of it's not." She acknowledges that most reality shows state in their closing credits that decisions are influenced by producers, but that might not be enough for mass audiences to see and understand.
"We weren't really fed – we had frozen food and dry goods." She specifically mentions Red Bull and Frosted Flakes.
"We also drank (alcohol) the least of any other cast," she says, indicating the producers were hoping otherwise."You're sequestered, you're disconnected from your family and your support system," she says. We all were losing our mind."So it's no surprise that scandals emerge from the depths of reality TV.
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."You walk away a little bit damaged."TVDone was launched in April of 2009, in hopes to get exposure so when site owner/founded Adam Wright graduates, he has lots of experience and contacts for a job.Adam is currently taking Journalism at St Thomas University in Fredericton NB (Canada).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?"The word people should be looking for is television, not reality," says contestant Sasha Perl-Raver, who was one of six people looking for love in the third episode of this year's new ABC reality romance series.