I had a realization last night: Reality TV of today is a lot like WWF in the early 90’s. Big personalities, big role in pop culture. And most importantly: People don’t realize (or don’t admit) that it’s scripted.
What will happen when they do? I’m sure some folks will continue to watch, with a wink and a grin. Wrestling actually peaked in popularity in large part because they admitted the stories were scripted. Now, I liken it to a male soap opera as performed by ethnically diverse stuntmen in their undies.
But how will the reality TV game adjust once that veil crumbles? Will folks still watch, knowing that Honey Boo Boo is put up to all she does? That the Housewives of Random Top 10 Media Market are being told to fight by their faceless producers and idiocratic enablers?
I don’t have the answer. What I do know is that the state of pop culture can’t go on forever as is, and that’s a good thing.