Reality shows, not reality

Kelley Marble

Every television network has one, in fact, so does every d-list or washed up celebrity. There seems to be no guidelines or values in order to produce one and MTV is most likely the mecca of them. Reality television shows are a dime a dozen these days.

Since when did it become a priority to find love for the likes of Bret Michaels, Tila Tequila and Flavor Flav? Did they not find enough pseudo love on the road in the early 90’s? As whiney and cliché as it sounds, it’s the truth. How is one to really find love by performing crazy stunts like wrestling in a kiddy pool filled with chocolate pudding?

Understandably it is mainly for entertainment value. How funny would it be though if we used these rules in real life? You walk up to a guy or girl in a bar and explain to them that they may have a chance with you but you are currently dating 24 other people and they will have to compete for your love, no matter what it takes.

You can’t really hold it against them; after all they are hasbeen or wannabe musicians looking for fame. Making themselves look desperate isn’t as bad as not being famous at all.

The real bone to be picked here is the fact that Orange County’s own Lauren Conrad has been attending a trade school in Los Angeles for the past 3 or more years and documenting the whole thing. Given how uninteresting her life is, the media certainly has a way of building it up to seem half way interesting. I mean, who really cares about Heidi and Spencer’s drama. Spencer should probably dedicate more time to figuring out what to do about his flesh color beard.

It almost comes off as annoying that these kids get paid to embarrass themselves on television. But satisfaction comes from the fact that 5 years from now they will once again be nobodies without a real college education.

Who knows though, they might be lucky enough to get a 16th minute of fame as a real Housewife of Orange County or New York or wherever they decide to target the next set of vulnerable women.

Let’s face it, we know most these shows are staged or scripted, but it almost seems like the stars of the shows believe they aren’t.

Are the producer’s genius enough to cast the most dimwitted individuals? It seems so. To be honest, if these reality stars think their lives are actually interesting enough to have a series written about it, they are sorely mistaken. The truth is’reality shows’, are far from reality.

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