To be or not to be — that is, to be yourself.
If you’ve watched Netflix’s hit reality show The Circle, you’ll know that’s the entire premise of the show — to be or not to be yourself.
The Circle features several contestants who are kept apart from one another and the rest of the world in separate apartments.
However, a reality show would not exist without the drama of interaction. As a result, the contestants communicate via a proprietary social media platform.
The contestants have the option of creating a profile as themselves or catfishing as someone else. They can use real or fictitious names, photos, and information about their lives.
Every week, the participants rank each other, and someone is voted off.
That person must then identify themselves to the rest of the cast, confirming whether they were being genuine or catfishing to win the game.
The winner receives a $100,000 prize.
But, as with any other reality TV show, fans are left wondering, “Is The Circle Scripted?”
The Show’s Premise Is True
Anyone who has spent any amount of time on the internet would think that spotting a catfish would be easy, especially when there is a large cash prize to keep them motivated.
It is worth noting, however, that the contestants have no contact with the outside world while filming, which means no wifi!
The cast members are “not allowed to bring phones, laptops, or any other devices” into their apartments, according to The Cinemaholic.
The contestants can still bring in a variety of books, magazines, and other offline content (including pre-downloaded music and movies).
Of course, they are encouraged to keep themselves entertained by chatting on The Circle app whenever they want.
Is The Circle Pre-Written?
According to the show’s first-season winner, Joey Sasso, the show does not appear to be scripted; it is as real as it can get.
He clarified that, to the best of his knowledge, everything from the rankings to the connections that viewers see on their screens appears to be genuine.
He also mentioned how the players had genuine conversations in which they were honest and made genuine friends rather than just allies to advance their strategic position on the game show.
The Circle App Is Not as Real as It Seems
However, the app that the players were chatting on was not entirely real — or, to put it another way, not as real as advertised.
The majority of the app’s features were genuine. Even the show’s creator, Tim Harcourt, admits that the app is a glorified WhatsApp. (Source: Vulture)
The aspects, such as voice activation and recognition, were not entirely accurate.
Harcourt told Vulture that they attempted to use voice recognition technology at first, but it was difficult.
As a result, they have producers on standby to transcribe voice commands and pass them on to the next room, or, as Harcourt puts it, “there is some humanity in the app.”
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