FLEETING FAME: WHY I THINK REALITY TELEVISION IS NOT GOING AWAY

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“We watch they fall apart, we continue to watch.”


reality unfolding

Reality television has always been an aspect of American life. We look at the Kardashian’s television and seem to think they were these creators of reality TV. But when you look back in time, reality television really started with these dating games shows. Where we watch someone try to win a date with another person based on a series of questions.

But in today’s society, when we hear reality television, we think about the idea of watching a family on television. Normal people who put their families on TV for the sake of letting people into their homes. Only problem is, there is always trouble once you let people into your life.

it all falls apart

At least once on every one of these reality television shows has been a major divorce or other family break up. Why, it’s because you don’t put your life out there for mass consumption. Because now, you are subject to the same ridicule as any other celebrity. And this is when everything starts to fall apart.

These average American who are now open to the public are ready for what is in store. People who pursue this as a career know what they’re getting themselves in to. But the average Joe is looking at it from the fame standpoint.

fixated eyes

We love watching reality for the simple purpose of the train wreck. No one tunes in to a show to watch the television show about a family doing well. But if you add a break up and some fighting, now you’re in business. It’s a topic of discussion among people in society. Only problem is that you become invested in a show just to watch the drama unfold.

Then once the family decides to make a change and not fight, we don’t watch. There is something about watching people fall apart that makes us appreciate our own lives. But most of all, it makes us able to cope with our mess, to watch someone else’s mess unfold. And that shift in change leaves us detached from them because now they are no longer us.


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THE NO-BODIES THAT GET IN: HOW UNTALENTED ARTIST WINNING SHOULDN’T DISCOURAGE YOU

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“Put the work in.”


the ones that get in

In America, we have always had these viral sensations that come into the spotlight. No matter if it’s a musician, or some other talent. They come into the hearts and minds of people, but then they leave. Just as much as they make so many laugh and listen, you have a demographic that gets upset. And the upset is in how they managed to slip into the public eye.

When you awake, working on your craft, and they just make some video and next thing you know, they’re everywhere. They are on major TV shows conducting interviews and pop up at major award ceremonies. They’re treated like they’ve done these massive projects. But after a while, they fall off the face of planet as if they never existed.

why we like them

America is a place where we like the rags to riches story. It makes the average feel like there is still hope. So when these one hits come in from nowhere, we cheer them on. They have no backing, no one to show them the ropes. The connections to the entertainment industry don’t exist, and they do it themselves.

So when they hit, it becomes this Cinderella story. But eventually we see they don’t have talent, and they’re just like the rest of us. But for just a moment, it is a temporary escape from day to day realities.

short lived fame

As for a reality check, these one hitters don’t last. We always ask ourselves why are they getting all these opportunities. Then we see the rapid fall and that’s because they don’t have the talent to sustain. They might have gotten lucky with a song or video on the internet. But sustaining means bringing that again and again. And that is when they’re exposed, and we ultimately walk away from them.


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