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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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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