Move over, Soap Opera Update. It’s ‘Reality Blurred’

over, Soap Opera Update. It’s ‘Reality
Andy Dehnart,
I admit it. I’m a sucker for reality TV. I remember my introduction
to the phenomenon, sometime in the summer of 1992, when I spent an
entire weekend locked in my air-conditioned apartment watching the
first Real World marathon on MTV. I was hooked. And now it
seems like the rest of the world is, too. Gallons of ink have been
spilled in recent months pondering why Americans are so obsessed
with the new reality shows, decrying their innate voyeurism and
pointing out how un-real these shows really are. ‘Instead of just
griping about how fake these shows are, we should make the best of
the situation,’ responds Chicago-based writer Andy Dehnart, in a
recent story he wrote for Salon. Dehnart, an unapologetic
reality TV fan, is making the best of it by feeding his addiction
with with his website Reality Blurred, ‘a central
place [for] reality TV news, gossip and links. Isn’t the Web
great?’ Move over, Soap Opera Update.— Leif Utne

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