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I’m smart, I’m educated and I watch reality TV

February 18, 2010

I don’t know when I started watching reality TV. I remember a time, long long ago, when it held little interest. Then suddenly, something happened. I don’t know what was the first show that grabbed my attention. I remember starting to watch Survivor. And Big Brother. And cheesy dating shows. Somehow from there, a shameful love affair began.

In university, I wrote an impassioned essay about reality television and its cultural significance and educational potential. That essay helped get me into grad school. Now I study international relations and public relations. Now, it is more about Foreign Affairs magazine, and CNN, and despite the role reality TV had in me getting to where I am, it has been relegated to a dirty secret. I can tune into the Situation Room, but the fact that MTV and E! are burned into my remote is classified information, as my predilection for My Super Sweet 16 seems unlikely to get me any academic or professional success.

And you know what? Why not? No more should my favourite genre have to be a hidden shame. I’m smart, I’m educated, and I like reality television. So I begin this, my contribution to all of you out there, who like me, live with this guilty secret. Here I will make known the academic greatness that reality TV has passed on to society, so we can all stand up and say with pride, “I am smart, I am educated and I watch reality TV!”

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