So I sent an email to Moana, from Travis' season, and asked her about whether TPTB come to these sites. She very kindly replied. Here's her response (she gave me permission to post this).
"I would have to say the following would be true from our collective vantage point: ("our" being Moana, Trista, Susan (from Rome) and Sadie)
ABC is always monitoring the message boards and they are writing and re-writing the storyline every week to "stump" the audience and keep you tuning in, weekly editing the show while you are watching, responding and posting.
Keeping in mind that this is TV that serves the sole purpose of entertainment, the more twists and turns they can throw in the plot weather or not they are within context, accurate, or misrepresented, the better for the network. The intent is always to confuse the audience by taking you on an emotional rollercoaster by making you hate one week- the same person you will love the next. You become emotionally involved with the "characters" and therefore- you tune in each week- and ABC has successfully created brand loyalty.
With that being said- "yes" ABC does care what you write. At the end of the day- it's entertainment that has more often than not been re-written, and re-told. Think of the game “telephone”, except there is a financial objective that drives the line. If anyone is truly concerned who is or isn't watching, or listening, you might want to remind them that those girls are reading what you write, and so are their parents and friends and their families, those are the only “real” people who are affected by your words. Despite the idea that you are watching a "reality" show- you should also keep in mind that context in any conversation is extremely important- and in the name of "entertainment"- a lot of context is lost and fallaciously presented to an eager public. (I thought this was pretty interesting)
I personally view the situation of course from my perspective, which I am sure may perhaps be flawed or swayed by my personal experiences. However, considering that I also know many of the other girls who have gone through the same process, with the same intentions as myself ; which were: “trip to Paris/Rome-girls, fun, free, whynot? Wait- can we skip the whole guy part? Uh- oh, ok, so the guy’s great- super, now it’s on TV- wait, that’s not how it happened!” I feel that I might be representing the honest majority of the girls who have been on the show.
I thought Moana comments were insightful and very interesting. It was very generous and pretty darn nice for her to even respond. I know it changed how I think of the show and each participant. Hopefully many will now be a little more gentle with their words and opinions about the individual participants.