A decade of statistically unusual suicides in the reality television industry is pointing to something deeply wrong: Why are people like Alexa McAllister and Joseph Cerniglia dying for fame?
For cis viewers, I Am Cait is likely to be a hit. Trans viewers, on the other hand, should definitely take a pass, unless they enjoy gritting their teeth in frustration over Yet Another Trans After School Special.
These reality tv shows are a continuation of the gaze created by sideshow performances.
Somehow Stars Earn Stripes manages to simultaneously offend a wide range of people, while also being mindnumbingly dull.
The Hunger Games’ real message might actually be more radical than it looks, despite its mainstream appeal, or perhaps even because of it: populism needs first of all to be popular.
Consumers of media and pop culture are conditioned to view misery as entertainment, and to receiving an emotional reward at the end in the form of a happy ending to make them feel comfortable with the fact that they are enjoying the experience of seeing people at some of the worst times in their lives.
Apparently ABC has decided to specialise in uplifting rags to riches fairytales for viewers, a reminder that those who are patient and work hard and develop a nice set of manners may, just may, have a chance at escaping poverty
This network television season, it appears that the big players are in a race to the bottom to see how low you can go in an exploitation of current economic and political conditions.