White House Crashers

Ken AshfordPopular CultureLeave a Comment

First balloon boy, now the White House crashers – seems people will do anything to get on reality TV.

Can't we just outlaw the practice of trying to make yourself a media sensation?

Or better yet, can't we just make reality TV illegal?

UPDATE:  Some depressing stats and thoughts from the New York Times

Once you throw in the ever-expanding club of reality alumni, and account for shows that go through several rounds in a year, it is clear that a near army of non-professionals has been tramping through prime time starting almost a decade ago, when CBS introduced “Survivor” to television and lit the fuse that became the reality explosion. Considering the whole reality universe, then, 1,000 sounds like an undercount.

Ten thousand, anyone?

The numbers are not likely to shrink soon, not as long as all these networks need programs and don’t want to pay for actors. That’s if viewers keep watching. Ratings for reality are not what they once were, but no ratings in television are. The likelihood is that the programmers will keep running out these shows until either the ideas or the viewers are exhausted, whichever comes first.

It's not even "fame" anymore to be a reality star.  So why do people pursue it?