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TV killed the reality star

A series of dubious, ratings-baiting incidents has reignited the debate about how scripted and manipulated popular entertainment programmes are

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Reality TV has become an indispensable form of entertainment for Thai audiences _ Thailand's Got Talent is still going and the 10th season of the popular Academy Fantasia, which sparked the reality-show craze here, began last week. Over the past decade, there's no doubt we have come to enjoy the novelty of "unexpected" and "unpredictable" turns of events and observe "unrehearsed" human behaviour, as opposed to other TV shows and series. 

But there's no denying the oft-asked question: How real are these reality shows? It has dogged viewers and media scholars from the start of the reality TV fad and lingers with every new season.

While some are quite satisfied with this form of entertainment, a recent incident on Thailand's Got Talent when a seemingly autistic man was publicly ridiculed by the judges and the studio audience has made such questions impossible to ignore.

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