The Paradox of Reality TV
A comment on the article: “Television: Why Reality TV Is Good For Us”
For the last decade, reality TV has become increasingly popular. Not just popular, as in commonly well accepted and generally appreciated, but amazingly popular – a cultural revolution. The article “Television: Why Reality TV Is Good For Us” describes the phenomenon as the reason for the creation of attractive cults lead by spiritual leaders in shape of heartbroken singles, horny studs and failed actors and singers. The article focuses on a group of women, whose cult’s ceremony is scheduled every Wednesday – holy Wednesday, as they call the day where they get their reality TV fix. Quite paradoxically the cult’s members are rather unsatisfied with the position they have been put in – they actually don’t even appreciate and worship their holy grail – reality TV. “Do we not have anything better to do than live vicariously through a bunch of 15-minute-fame seekers?” one of the cult members rhetorically asks herself. The answer is no. The article states, how reality TV has taken over as the “America’s hottest TV genre”. What is the reason for this success? Is it the reality programs revolutionary and barrier breaking depth or is it the carefully selected intelligent and inspiring contestants? Again, the answer is no. It all comes down to the exposure of the people who in their quest for fame and success end up achieving the complete opposite – being laughed at and exemplifying the grievous self-realization process in the contemporary society. Finally it is all seasoned with a shallow and low-browed setup.
Due to the presentation of arguments for reality TV’s success, gimmicks and our need for it, the authors primary target group is the cult (those who watch reality TV). Enlightened, bright and independent persons (among who I prefer counting myself in) may also get a more varied approach towards reality TV. The article starts out the argumentation with a...
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