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a sort of hyper-real double consciousness that prevails in that we are aware that it is not really ‘reality’ but choose to perceive it as such, seemingly with a caveat that if things get ‘too real’ we know that it’s still a production, and can forgive ourselves for consuming media that depicts real violence without addressing it as such.

 

a number of screen grabs of reality TV fights and abstracted them in ways that call to attention to different factors that might cause people to engage in real violence over petty matters. The most obvious of these is screen time and ratings, but I am interested in the factors at play beyond that;

 

the psychological interactions between the ‘stars’ of the TV shows, the contexts that they are put in that this violence is not only encouraged but necessitated, and

 

the simultaneous separation and integration of reality and fiction that makes these programs unique.

 

large scale, when viewed from a distance, clearly depict images of violence. The closer you get the less visual information seems clear

 

a sort of inversion of the psychological separation consumers create when watching these shows.

 

So, when you are close to the print, all you can see is the abstraction, an impression of a malfunctioning image that is both reality and fiction depending on how (and from what distance) you choose to perceive it.