televisual reality

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Life, personalities, and the world represented and constructed on the television screen, especially when boundaries between TV and the everyday world are blurred and when TV is phenomenally experienced as an enhanced reality, when that which is most like TV is most real, or when the reality in which people live is framed by the symbolic world of TV (see cultivation theory). A form of mediated experience distinguished from lived experience of the social and material world. Sometimes used synonymously with reality TV, often pejoratively.

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