"Four out of five Americans say they think too many reality shows are on
the air, according to an AP-TV Guide poll. Only 4 percent of respondents said
there were not enough.
Few people believe there's much reality in reality TV:
a total of 82 percent said the shows are either "totally made up" or "mostly
I know, I know, we've all got our RTV poisons. I myself was once caught up in "The Biggest Loser" and "The Apprentice." I would gladly sacrifice them, however, to see RTV gone away with the dodo. With very few exceptions, this type of TV is like the gladiatorial games of the television industry. It capitalizes on our irrational desire to see people get hurt, and to see people screwing, backstabbing, or otherwise hurting other people. It's like our penchant for gossip or rubbernecking at car wrecks. Reality TV capitalizes on the basest parts of our nature, and if the notion that "you are what you read/watch/listen to" is true, it makes us worse people. I'm sorry if I've offended all those people who get their kicks watching swimsuit models throw up as they try to scarf down dog rectums, but I'm just not sure that reality TV is the kind of thing we should be offering up on primetime.
I, for one, will be wearing a bright red suit at its funeral.