Reality TV

When You'd Rather Watch the Producer Than the Reality Show
August 04, 2015

She's a terrible person, and we love her for it. 

Television's Long History of Humiliating Poor People
June 01, 2015

There is a long history in American game shows of exploiting the economically precarious for crass entertainment.

'Survivor' Is a Damning Illustration of America’s Distorted Class Politics
May 05, 2015

The latest season of "Survivor" divides contestants by class—but forgets to talk about money.

The GOP's Sexist Reality TV Spoofs Aren't Going to Win Over Female Voters
October 01, 2014

Women want more than husbands, believe it or not. 

Spoiled Rotten
May 20, 2014

Why do I still watch?

Death and Reality TV
April 03, 2013

What does the 'Buckwild' star's tragic end tell us about the genre?

March 27, 2013

After the title Reality, the next thing we see is a gilded carriage drawn by two white horses rolling through the Italian countryside. Soon it turns in through huge gates opened by servants in eighteenth-century costume.

'Duck Dynasty' and the Hyper-Masculine Redneck Reality Show
March 15, 2013

The men of A&E’s wildly popular reality show “Duck Dynasty” catch squirrels with their bare hands and skin frogs with a single flick of the wrist.

The New Essayists, or the Decline of a Form?
February 18, 2013

“The essay, as a literary form, is pretty well extinct,” Philip Larkin wrote gloomily in 1984. Extinct was the right word, capturing the sense of an organism that could no longer survive in a changed environment.