The Real in Reality

I am amused by an assignment I came up with for my English theory class this week — in addition to their academic reading on postmodernism, I’m having them watch an episode of reality TV, and write a journal entry on how well it does or doesn’t represent reality.

I’m also asking them to consider what in our world makes them feel more ‘real’ (whatever that means to them), and what makes them feel disconnected from reality.

I think it’ll be a fun week, and if I turn them on to Great British Baking Show, all the better. (I let them choose whatever reality TV they wanted to watch for this, but mentioned this was my favorite.)

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