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So in Jania‘s blog, her guilt pleasure is reality television shows.

There’s AA for alcoholics, but is there a program for reality tv addicts? If there were such a program, I may have to attend meetings. Some reality programming is really bad, yet once you’ve watched one episode it’s sometimes difficult not to continue the torture.

I love them too. Luther Ingram sang it best, (If Loving You is Wrong) I Don’t Want be Right. Yes it is sad, but true, I love reality tv shows followed by Law and Order. It takes a special person to go on tv and make an ass out of himself or herself for my viewing pleasure and I appreciate it. The Real Housewives (Atlanta, New York, Orange County), the Bad Girls Club, I Love New York, Bridezilla, and the list goes on and on,embarrassed for them but at the same time entertained by them as well. It’s like watching a train wreck,you just can’t help but stop and stare but with laughter and commercial breaks in between.

And everything people say about reality tv shows is true also. There is no denying the fact that reality tv has absolutely ruined prime-time television. Since reality programming is cheaper to produce than sitcoms or ensemble dramas, networks are spending less on producing quality written shows. However, there are a few exceptions like Mad Men, Sons of Anarchy, the Wire, Dexter, and the #1 Ladies Detective.

But have to I agree with Reality TV Haters that believe this genre reflects a culture that worships vanity and wealth, rather than virtue and humility. Basically, critics believe that reality TV mirrors what our society has become—a community of materialistic morons who don’t blink twice about running around naked while swallowing live cockroaches if it means winning a cool million for doing so. So true but so entertaining.

According to tonyziva reality TV is a plague that is infecting prime-time entertainment and dulling the minds of society. Once one is created, producers often just take it and tweak it slightly, or add new rules to try and keep viewers watching the show. This has led to the idea of letting the viewer vote by texting a phone number from their cells. This lead to the “American Idol” and “America’s Best Dance Crew” shows. These shows attract watchers with addictive attitudes to watch and keep them hooked. Again, right on point but still so very entertaining.

Now, reality tv is bad but I wouldn’t go as far as James Wolcott’s piece in Vanity Fair. In which he says reality television has metastasized like toxic mold, filling every nook and opening new crannies. Idiocracy, Mike Judge’s satire about a future society too dumb to wipe itself, now looks like a prescient documentary.

So, I too am an addict but I don’t see it as a problem. Reality TV has everything one could ever want – action, romance, comedy, drama, suspense, bad acting and no plot. I love it, it is better than Zoloft.


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