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Country singer Adley Stump, a former contestant on NBC’s hit reality show ‘The Voice,’ performs at an Air Force base in Washington state. Joint Base Lewis McChord/flickr

Reality TV show contestants are more like unpaid interns than Hollywood stars

With the TV writers and actors strikes leaving networks with little scripted content, the fall 2023 lineup will be saturated with low-cost reality TV shows like ‘The Voice.’
Some reality TV stars like Bethany Frankel (above) have created lucrative careers after appearing on unscripted shows, but many don’t. Associated Press / Alamy Stock Photo

How unions could help reality TV cast and crew win better pay and working conditions

Reality TV workers may not need their own union but they could benefit from joining existing unions serving the creative industries.

Romantic comedies, Japanese reality television and New Zealand true crime: the best of streaming this September

Our experts bring you the best new shows, films and seasons. From comedy to reality television to crime drama, we hope you’ll find your new streaming favourite here.
When someone humiliates themselves on TV, you want to look away, but you can’t. Designpics/Getty Images

The unbearable allure of cringe

What does secondhand embarrassment say about your own anxieties and biases?
A growing number of businesses across a wide range of industries are successfully selling voyeurism to their audiences. (Shutterstock)

Selling voyeurism: How companies create value from the taboo

Voyeurism provides a glimpse into the private life of another person to give audiences a revealing and entertaining experience.
The Sunwing saga highlighted the role of influencers, which in this case was negative, but they are still considered role models followers identify with, or whose example they want to follow. (Unsplash/Mateus Campo Felipe)

Sunwing saga: Why do influencers have so much sway?

Influencers fill emotional and information needs. They are perceived as role models followers identify with, or whose example they want to follow.

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