The Truman Show ESSAY

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The Truman Show

Kevin James

In this modern society, reality shows on television are the most viewed and rated shows. The Truman Show is a movie produced in 1998 by Peter Weir. It is about an adult named Truman Burbank, the place he lives is in fact a big studio with hidden cameras everywhere, and all his friends and people around him are actors who play their roles in the most popular TV-series in the world: The Truman Show. Truman thinks that he is an ordinary man with an ordinary life and has no idea about how he is exploited. This makes us question our own society. This movie displays three kinds of points, voyeurism, how the show easily manipulates us and how gender roles have changed.

Voyeurism, this is a point that strongly relates to The Truman Show. The viewers of the Truman show are with media and the life style of others rather than their own and they are very consumed of it.

Reality television shows like Jersey Shore, Modern Family and Big Bang Theory a lot by the society and they have such high ratings and very obsessed with the people on the show and their favorite celebrities lives. When people obsess over celebrities and collecting gossip magazines and going to celebrity events. It's like that they have nothing else to live for than watching television, television is controlling them, they put normal day activities aside to watch reality shows. A great example of this is when the two guards continuously watch the Truman Show instead of doing their actual job and even when The Truman Show ended one of the guards said "what else is on?" which is showing that they got no other life than just watching TV. So this is how voyeurism acts...