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Saturday, Feb 20, 2010
by PopMatters Staff
by James Poniewozik
Time (22 February 2010)

“Reality is more than a TV genre now. It’s the burgeoning career field that led Richard Heene to perpetrate the Balloon Boy hoax, and Tareq and Michaele Salahi to crash a White House dinner, Bravo TV cameras in tow. It’s the content mill for the cable-tabloid-blog machine, employing human punch lines like Rod Blagojevich, the disgraced governor turned contestant on Celebrity Apprentice. It’s everywhere. When Scott Brown won an upset Senate victory in Massachusetts, he was joined onstage by his daughter Ayla, an American Idol semifinalist from Season 5. In 1992, reality TV was a novelty. In 2000, it was a fad. In 2010, it’s a way of life.”


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