Is reality TV propagating stereotypes? Perhaps marketing them to create a cultural identity of consumerism—whether it be partying or haggling over the price of a 1830s wooden rocking horse?
I don’t do reality TV, so I just browsed for articles by “reality TV” to see what kind of international dialogue could be created from the articles—like how my British counterpart would reflect on my culture if she browsed like I did.
The Post investigated D.C.’s contributions to reality TV—which weren’t much at all—then discusses consumerist culture from Taco Bell giveaways to running shoes.
…To say in the least I was confused, but one section could open a great dialogue on discussion of gender roles in reality TV, which is internationally relevant: “Perhaps there are some [women] out there who will want their lives examined and mocked on basic cable. We’ll see.”
The Times discussed a different aspect of consumerist culture: “Reality television’s — and, by extension, America’s — endless quest to find wealth rather than earn it is expanding in several new directions…Could there be a touch of desperation in the air as this already played-out genre tries to keep itself alive?”
The article talks about the new reality show The Safecrackers” as a ridiculous attempt to reach a niche audience of “master safe crackers” that most likely doesn’t exist.
The Times basically offers up that the American obsession “Storage Wars” as an acceptable neurosis & that piggybacking off the concept has reached a point where reality TV hypes situations that aren’t really part of common culture.
One major publication links reality TV to random social media comments & the other makes fun of it.
Even though being able to laugh at yourself is supposed to be a good thing I am bit disturbed about how hard my imaginary British counterpart would be laughing right about now.