And you think *you’ve* got problems.
I used to be one of those guys who said, “Oh, I’m not into reality shows.” At the time, that might have been the truth, but it’s not now. Sure, I love a good scripted TV show as much as the next guy, and there are some really great ones out there — Mad Men. The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Luther and anything Joss Whedon will ever do. But I will admit — I dig watching certain reality shows. And up at the top of the list of ones I like to watch — Hoarders.
The thing about Hoarders (and other shows like it, like Intervention or Obsessed) is that it lets us peer into a life completely unlike our own, a life that is in many cases ten to a hundred times more terrifying than the mundane crap we have to get through on a day-to-day basis. And I believe there’s value in that, beyond just the on-the-surface entertainment that most TV provides. Personally, it reminds me that my situation could always be worse than it is, and that my problems that seem important and world-altering to me are really… well, insignificant.
So, what about you, folks? Where do you land on reality TV? And really, can you even avoid it anymore?