I originally posted this as a comment on someone else’s blog.
Watching reality TV is like watching an impending train wreck (or rubbernecking when you drive by an accident on the expressway). You can’t help but watch. You can predict the outcome, or if after the fact, you can reconstruct the events.
Why? I’d say shock value… people like to be amazed and horrified. They can’t help it. In low stakes situations (like the Bachelor where no one gets injured or killed) there’s the added thrill of watching something ‘illicit’ or trashy. You’d never admit to some people that you actually watch it. There’s the vicarious thrill of watching other people make complete fools of themselves.
Gives us all something to talk about, and maybe laugh at. All while secretly thinking “thank god it’s not me.”
Ready everyone? Hi, my name is ____ and I love [reality TV show].
I’ve watched one episode of Survivor, I’ve never watched Amazing Race, Fear Factor or any of the others. Except the first run of The Bachelor. I watched maybe four episodes. It was stupid.