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How VR can bring 'reality' back to reality TV

Yes, virtual worlds can add credibility to the unscripted TV genre

For many people, “reality TV” is a far cry from reality. An overly fabricated social experiment feels inauthentic. Ironically, having a fully digital, artificial world has the power to elicit more genuine emotional response and honesty than a plywood set house.

To recapture the “reality” part of reality TV, producers need to actively help participants to be their most authentic selves. Many new shows are pushing formats that place greater importance on characters and abilities over confounding variables such as physical appearance. We have been looking for ways to free ourselves from prejudice, but this approach has not yet been fully utilized.

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