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'The Bachelor,' Golden Globes and the blurring of reality from 'reality'

(CNN)"The Bachelor" returns on Monday, meaning countless tweets and recaps will be devoted to its dramatically structured quest for love.It's just another example of the way TV -- and those who watch it -- participate in various forms of unreality, at a time when objective reality frequently appears to be under siege.TV's distortions and exaggerations come in sizes large and small. It's been known for some time that unscripted TV employs a practice called "Frankenbiting," which involves editing sound bites -- sometimes in misleading ways -- to shape narratives and storylines.Yet that tidbit was described as "shocking" and "surprising" last year, when it was among the revelations in Los Angeles Times reporter Amy Kaufman's book "Bachelor Na ...
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