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There's nothing real about "reality" TV these days. Which is why we should just let Supernanny loose on The Family and see what happens

By Peter Bazalgette   November 2008

Now that ten year olds can shoot, edit and distribute videos on YouTube from their own bedrooms, the makers of television programmes are confronted by extremely savvy viewers. They know all the editing tricks and have a shrewd understanding of how television is heavily manipulated to produce entertainment. There has been a shift of power from programme makers to the audience.

At the same time, intense, multi-channel competition has meant that “factual” programmes have become more and more heavily formatted in order to guarantee a strong narrative with a resolution. Instead of shooting a documentary about marital relationships, we make…

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