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.
The latest season of "Survivor" divides contestants by class—but forgets to talk about money.
Women want more than husbands, believe it or not.
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.