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Reality TV Cracks the SATs

In the version of the SATs administered last Saturday, the following essay prompt appeared: “How authentic can [reality TV] shows be when producers design challenges for the participants and then editors alter filmed scenes?" Awesome, right? Not so much, according to snooty teenagers who blew up the website College Confidential with complaints that they don't watch reality TV and therefore were unprepared for the unorthodox query. Here's one representative comment, from user Littlepenguin: "This is one of those moments when I wish I actually watched TV. I ended up talking about Jacob Riis and how any form of media cannot capture reality objectively. I kinda want to cry right now.” We'd want to cry right now, too, if we didn't watch TV! Now go home and watch some Real Housewives, Littlepenguin. [NYT]