Reality TV

DHS' Reality TV Addiction Revealed

More by Mac McDonoughr - 12/11

Sunday, a day of the week between Saturday and Monday (excuse me if I am starting to sound like Rebecca Black), is recognized as a day of worship and rest (to some), Christ’s supposed resurrection, a reflection back on the week, a time to watch the 1:00pm and 4:00pm kick off, and scrambling to finish homework. There is also one other important facet to Sundays in America that has become increasingly hard to ignore.

In this culturally polluted 21st Century where fame and fortune can be obtained by simply doing nothing, a show, in a category of television programs baring the label “reality” is changing the adjectives that Americans use to describe “Sunday.”

The universal terms surrounding the meaning of “Sunday” such as: “football”, “church”, “family,” have been superseded by “Kim,” “Khloe,” and “Kourtney” (I used to refer to them as “the KKK”, but given the obvious and historically controversial background behind that epithet, 'the Kardashians' will have to suffice).
Every Sunday at 9:00 pm (8:00pm Central) millions of viewers tune into the E network to watch the now infamous show: "Keeping Up With the Kardashians".

I could have chosen any reality TV show, from MTV’s "Real World", a show that has become ingrained in American youth-culture, to TLC’s new show "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" a show that exploits the show’s star Alana Thompson, Honey Boo Boo, a seven-year old girl and her unsuspecting mother, June Shannon.

So why the Kardashians you may ask?

  1. 10. 5 Million viewers tuned in to the 4.5 hour long episode featuring Kim’s marriage to Kris Humphries.
  2. Pop culturally relevant (you'd be hard pressed to go a day without someone uttering the "K-word").
  3. Staying power and international fame (do you know who Tonya Cooley is?...exactly).
  4. Kim Kardashian’s net worth is $38 million (and we still don’t know exactly how).

After realizing that "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" raked in over 10 million viewers in only one poorly scripted episode I was motivated to find out what DHS students had to say about the Kardashians and other reality shows:

"I do!" junior Jess Thornbury said when asked if she watched reality television. "I wish I didn't because it’s so bad. I watch it because it’s funny and stupid. People on reality shows make themselves look like such a joke."

"Because it’s entertaining to watch how other people react in different situations than your own," sophomore Jackson McGoldrick said when explaining his love for MTV's The Jersey Shore.

"It's educational in a way because it shows me the diversity that exists in this country. I always knew about the Amish but I never knew the details about the culture itself. Its also just super entertaining," junior Katie de Haas said about her favorite show "Breaking Amish" on TLC. “At the most basic level, they like watching people that they can feel superior to,” sophomore Nathanael Callan explained. “Take literally anyone who stars on 'Jersey Shore' for example. I really doubt anyone is looking up to Snooki.”

The verdict is in. Whether you like it or not, people love reality television.
So much so that even NBC's "The Today Show" felt that airing an interview with Kardashian mom Kris Jenner was more important than cutting to the national moment of silence for 9/11.

Kardashians = 25
Jersey Shore = 15
The Voice: 7
Bachelor/Bacherlorette: 5
Here Comes Honey Boo Boo: 5
Breaking Amish: 5
Dance Moms: 4
Real Housewives: 4
X-Factor: 4
America's Next Top Model: 3
The Hills/Laguna Beach: 3
24/7 and Hardknocks: 2 Jack Ass: 2
Survivor: 2
Top Chef: 2
Deadliest Catch: 2
Married to Jonas: 1
American Idol: 1
Impractical Jokers: 1
Celebrity Rehab: 1
South Beach Tow: 1
Project Runway: 1
Toddlers and Tiaras: 1
PUNK'd!: 1
Toddlers and Tiaras: 1
Biggest Loser: 1
The Real World: 1
Man v. Wild: 1
Duck Dynasty: 1
Border Wars: 1
The Apprentice: 1
Fear Factor: 1
America's Got Talent: 1
Amazing Race: 1



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