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Facebook is rebooting The Real World, which seems adorably quaint

18 October 2018

The series will follow a group of strangers forced to live and work together.

The social media giant said it was also trying to harness the formidable online power of the "cute kitten" factor with a new show called "World's Most Amazing Dog" on its new Facebook Watch platform.

The commission was announced by Facebook's Matthew Henick and Paresh Rajwat at Mipcom, where the pair were giving a keynote address. More on the Real World reboot below.

"The show that invented modern reality television returns to its roots". The series will also "introduce interactive social and community features that empower fans to shape the action and connect across mobile, desktop and Facebook's TV app". It's the first time it will have worldwide editions with non-U.S. cast members.

The three new seasons will be filmed in Mexico, Thailand and the USA respectively, and will incorporate interactive elements via Facebook's platform that will "empower fans to shape the action" according to a press release from the two companies. When Facebook Watch announced, in late August, that it was going global, the best evidence the company said had about it was that "Every month, more than 50 million people in the United States come to watch videos for at least a minute in Watch - and total time spent watching videos in Watch has increased by 14X since the start of 2018". That's right: you can now play God with the Real World contestants.

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Facebook Watch, the massive social network's hub for video, is the latest to jump on the nostalgia bandwagon, with multiple revivals of MTV's The Real World.

MTV president Chris McCarthy called the Facebook reboot an "opportunity to impact culture and create a new genre of television all over again".

And then it cuts to someone watching the show show on a phone-held vertically!-followed by a string of fucking Facebook comments, one of which says "I don't get #metoo, not sorry".

He said its interactivity means "watching videos doesn't have to be a passive experience. with friends able to co-watch together in real time". How much are people really strangers when Googling any name brings up an annotated life history?

Facebook is rebooting The Real World, which seems adorably quaint