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Block-voting on reality TV

The New York Times explores the trend of reality TV relying heavily on viewer participation and how block-voting on shows like American Idol may be disenfranchising fans of the show. The article points out that viewer trust may be lost when individual viewers have the potential to influence a show by sending in thousands of votes each.
June 10, 2009

The New York Times explores the trend of reality TV relying heavily on viewer participation and how block-voting on shows like American Idol may be disenfranchising fans of the show. The article points out that viewer trust may be lost when individual viewers have the potential to influence a show by sending in thousands of votes each.

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Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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