Upon reading and scrolling through most pages (NTM), we were able to observe as much as how users discuss with each other how the show is portrayed. For one, they always talk about drama a.k.a ratings. Ratings are what gives reality shows life, without it, the show would have been dry and boring despite having content. The users mostly use the words; “iconic”, “tragic”, “vogue-worthy”, “bitch”, coupled with some emoticons. That’s how they describe dramas, there’s not much analysis on it whether it’s morally right or wrong because for them, it’s mostly for fun. There’s even threads in tribute to such moments of the show, namely, “The Quotes Thread” & “The Gif Thread”.
The mostly sought-after thread would probably be the contestant’s thread. It exists mainly to show off the contestant’s body of work, portfolios, stats, and many more. In the NTM threads, those who have very weak stats and work are the threads that mostly sink in the bottom of the sea. In these threads are where most die-hard fans also reside. Most would fight other uses if they have something negative to say to their stans. Some users like to attack contestants in their respective threads once they pull out the sob story card, as they believe it’s a cheap way to gain popularity and increase their chances of winning the show.
Interestingly enough, we came across a Japanese (Blasian) contestant from AsNtm named “Marie Nakagawa”. She had a heart wrenching story with a silver lining, which no one bashed her for. Apparently, she experienced a whole lot of racism in Japan due to her skin color, limiting her modeling work, her Dad died in the military, and people would always judge her for being half-Senegalese. She exited at fourth place despite having the strongest portfolio as well as leaving with an iconic message, “Fashion is for all races”.
Each episode, an episode discussion thread is created. This is where most users would argue as they discuss who truly shined in that particular episode, judging them from contestants’ appeared in the show, how they talked in their confessionals, how they performed on the challenges, and most importantly, how they performed on the photoshoots.
A poll is always there for people to vote on who they think did the best.
Mostly from our observations, we were able to gather information through the most straightforward way of observation where they simply kept a close watch between debates and discussions from the people of the forum. By scanning and reading in between threads, we were able to identify Behavioral patterns and the way the users state opinions. Some users struggle in basic English, though most of the time, it was often ignored as the substance or the point was the only one taken in consideration by other users. Although it is not rare that there are some who does the ad hominem fallacy whenever in an argument with other users. Ad hominem is where people would start attacking your grammar instead of focusing on your main point, often times, people would rely to it as their defense as they simply run out of any arguments to counter logic others. Tuquoque or the appeal to hypocrisy in arguments were pretty common as well.
Just by scrolling through pages, we were also able to find out that the community tries to avoid racism, but it was inevitable – through it surfaced as an act of defense mechanism as those who were subject to the racism were people who weren’t that clean themselves, namely, the Pinoys. The researchers were able to find out that in most shows or competitions where a Filipino or Filipina is involved, the Pinoy pride surfaces, and that is where Filipinos support their kababayans like die-hard fans. They do not care whatsoever about the other contestants, they will remain biased, and they will fall for the Reality TV trap where drama exists involving the Filipino or Filipina, they will always believe he/she is the protagonist, and so they proceed to spread the word on Social Media sites mocking the villians.
In regards to judging contestants, most users tend to analyze objectively, most have their own supported contestants, but they can willingly accept if their favored ones made mistakes worthy of them being eliminated in a certain episode, henceforth implying how most users can be rational critiques.
We have interviewed some several active and long-time members of the community and asked them of what is their function as a member of this online community. The participants of the community come from different countries and places. Many members access and join RTVGames, to participate with conversations about the shows, topics, discussions, etc. The others joined for the sake of entertaining themselves.
A number of forumers have also changed their life by joining the community, they have learned more about the interests of others, changing of the way of approach to the people and users can make a lot of friends with it.
Also in participating on the online community, members can talk with other members from different countries and knowing more about their experience and practices in the forums.
For us, RTVgames is a good example of a forums, as it is very nicely facilitated, has a good community, people try to be objective, and most importantly, they have an active population which would mean this forum would not die anytime soon.
Ad hominem. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 27, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_hominem.
Cultural relativism. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 27, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cultural_relativism
Tu quoque. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved June 27, 2017 from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_quoque