Reality TV has been one of the most popular TV genres since the start of Big Brother. However, as the internet has developed and everything is more easily accessible. We now have a new term ‘vlogs’ which is like reality TV but on YouTube.
I have been subscribed to many YouTube vloggers, especially the ‘Shaytards‘ for almost 5 years. They are an American family, who film their daily lives every day and post it on YouTube. What I like about Vlogs is that you don’t have to watch them on time or even watch each one, whereas with ‘Big Brother’ you do or you miss the drama. And with reality TV its advertised everywhere, you have advertisements about it, and it can be very overpowering. But with a YouTube vlogger, they are personal to you as you know they aren’t overly known to the whole country or world, so it creates a little world of escapism.
I prefer YouTube vlogs as they seem realer, even though the videos are edited, they show real people who aren’t hugely rich or famous, so as a viewer you can relate to them. You also start feeling like your part of their lives. With the Shaytards, I have been watching their children grow and have seen their lives change by having more babies, moving cities and moving house. They are like my internet family; even though I have never met them ‘face to face’ I feel like I know them like my own family.
This convergence, of reality TV to Vlogs, has changed personal interaction tremendously. People who watch YouTubers, can comment and like or dislike their videos, tweet and share, post links about them. You can watch them on your mobile phone, laptop, computer and even TV.