So we were over at Momversation. Yes, we admit it. We like to know what the Moms are up to. It keeps us current.
Anyway, they were talking about kids of Reality TV and how awful it is. And while we totally agree that the exploitation of kids for money is appalling, we also need to admit to some complicity.
In the old days "movie stars" were revered and looked up to. But it was simple and pretty straight-forward. Stars were on the big screen or the little screen and that is where they stayed. Today, we not only want them on the big and small screens, we want a piece of their lives too. And if we can't get theirs we want ours. Sure we've all dreamed of stardom at one point or another, but with reality TV and other outlets we all have a chance. Really??
We call it the Vicious Cycle. And it's out of control. Here's how it works.
1. People dream of fame. But they don't want to actually work at something to be good enough to get famous. So they think up ways of becoming famous. One way is to objectify themselves or act completely idiotic for laughs. Another way is to exploit their resources. Translation: Use their kids!
2. Enter reality shows. These shows look for people to open their lives for the rest of the world to see.
3. And boy do we watch!! The numbers get higher and higher each year. We are curious! This is an extreme form of rubber necking from the comfort of our own homes. Pretty cool!
4. Soon other networks get in the act and they produce shows that just TALK about the reality stars.
That's an interesting concept. Shows about other TV shows! Weird.
5. And we watch those too!
6. Now the magazines get in the act too. The paparazzi get paid big bucks to follow these reality TV stars around. Now everyone's making money hand over fist. Sweet!
7. And we buy those too! They're so fun to read. We call them our vacation treats. Along with a candy bar and a few other goodies, we gobble these up to enjoy on the road. OK, we'll admit, they're pretty good while doing our morning "duty."
8. So now everyone's making money and the reality kids start to feel entitled. They start behaving worse than they already did before they got on the show. And they're being encouraged by their parents. Nice!!
9. So now more networks, get in the act and more and more people are being recruited to do more extreme shows and more invasive shows.
10. Finally these kids grow up and continue to live their dream. They get their own reality shows and the vicious cycle begins again.
That is if they don't end up in jail, rehab or worse….dead!
WOW! we feel like we're missing something here??!!
ps. Are you part of the vicious cycle? How do we change this? Or do we care?