In view of an increasingly monopolized media world, media illiteracy is a dangerous state for each one of us. The aim of this thesis is therefore the ?thorough,? i.e. multidimensional and multiperspectival, analysis of the crime reality show Border Wars. With respect to this, the first part of this thesis will constitute a theoretical framework, which focuses largely on Kellner?s "three-dimensional approach" for the analysis of cultural texts and the identification of ideologies at work in them. Likewise, basic concepts such as hegemony in media culture, the "intended reading position," and Fiske?s codes of television are discussed. In another part, the thesis provides the reader with an overview of the U.S.-Mexican border history, including the U.S. Border Patrol, and presents important data and facts concerning the current situation of the ?border conflict.? Furthermore, the reader is introduced to the reality TV genre and Border Wars is classified as crime reality program. The problematic classification of reality TV, as well as, the generic characteristics of (crime) reality TV will be examined. Next, the thesis will move from theory to textual analysis and show how Border Wars uses the "politics of difference" and the construction of realism and fear to establish an intended reading position that works within dominant ideology and which attempts to induce consent to an anti-immigration, pro-law enforcement policy at the U.S.-Mexican border. In this way, the reader will ?learn? to (a) unmask (reality) television?s techniques to ?manipulate? reality with the objective to make a profit, as well as to (b) identify the hidden ideologies at work in Border Wars. The main goal of this thesis is the exposure of Border Wars as sensationalist reality program that exploits a ?humanitarian crisis? and propagates the idea of a "war against terrorism and illegal immigration?"at the U.S.-Mexican border at the expense of millions of Latin American migrants in the United States.