Kim Kardashian and her clan are American royalty. This oft-mentioned thought may be incredibly disgusting, but it is also incredibly true. Twenty bucks says bunches of folks can name 10 reality-TV stars quicker than they can name 10 American presidents.
No wonder the country is going to hell in a handbasket.
Reality TV, with its flunky cast of characters, is not the main reason for America’s demise—there are too many other fun causes to attribute to that—but it is certainly hastening the process. Think of the reality shebang as, say, the grease on the pig chute that creates a seamless, speedy ride to the depths of a murky slop pit.
And many American viewers are sure game for getting muddy.
Perhaps reality-TV viewers should not carry the brunt of the blame for becoming addicted to such programming. It can be quite compelling to watch fat people dancing to lose weight, only to get fat again when they leave the show.
Nielsen ratings show the average American watched nearly five hours of television per day during the 2008-2009 season. The amount has been steadily increasing and is up a full 20 percent from a decade ago.
Keep in mind that a decade ago, the TV landscape wasn’t littered with the reality shows that now dominate the airwaves in the way Jessica Simpson has dominated the handbags, high-heels and too-tight-jeans markets. Mix in the copious amount of unemployed folks who don’t have much to do other than find a way to fill the giant void left by Oprah’s end, and you’ve got a potent recipe for widespread reality-TV addiction.