Monday, December 28, 2009

The Reality Television Decade

So what does a decade of reality TV tell us about television programming and more importantly, ourselves? Mary McNamara from the La Times has an essay in the "Decades" section of the Los Angeles Times. After a decade of the "real":

"No wonder so many young people turn to the magic of " Harry Potter" or the dark longing of the "Twilight" series, in which lovers are still allowed to brood in silence and the heroes are the ones not interested in survival but transcendence. Though there may be reassurance and entertainment in semi-scripted reality shows, there is no mystery, no poetry. If we would sing of ourselves, let us sing. Not indulge in temper tantrums for a camera crew or offer smug justifications to Larry King."

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