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reality_tv_collageRemember when MTV debuted the “Real World” back in the  mid-90s? It was like an awakening, an epiphany of some sort — people went through shyt just like me and you — so we thought. I just finished watching an episode of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” not because I really wanted to but for some reason the show is entertaining. It gives me a glimpse of what I could have been had I not decided to do something with my life (I think).  Am I bluffing or just caught up in the reality city bliss exposed on a global scale via television screens?


From time to time, I watch “Judge Judy” to see her blast off on folks about their mere existence. I like to watch “R&B Divas” to see what real sisterhood is supposed to be like — that is what the promotional marketing schema says via the website. I’ve gone viral with my promotion of “Lenox Avenue,” produced by Al Thompson. He calls the show a grown up soap opera and even asked fans to back his show financially to produce the finale episode. Thompson says that it’s our show and somehow I feel like he’s right to a certain degree. Then again, it’s this his dream and his reality?

The L.A. Times came out with a scathing review of Tyler Perry’s latest joint venture with Oprah Winfrey to produce feature-length television for Black America via the OWN Network. It looks like it is going to be a go for many and the conscious will fiddle in the dark with a nightlight to continue reading on. With that being said, are we wrong for wanting a dose of reality television? Are we wrong to want to see what happens next to NeNe on the “Real Housewives of Atlanta?” I look at some people and say you are just not human, and then with others I just laugh at them because they are the ones that secretly tape all the fictional madness.

Fiction | Exposed: The Real World Factor

One thing that is lacking with regard to reality television is that there are no shows that actually highlight the successes of the African American community. There are some people within the Black stratosphere called culture that have degrees, work hard, take care of their children, or are independent, single and making an honest living. Is there a line waiting for actors and actresses to portray these characters? It seems as if the brand that MTV produced back in the day got stuck on stupid in the 21st century and is now a part of our daily Facebook feeds with conversations stemming from if she called that girl a bitch too many times or not enough. Should I start watching cartoons more often?

Regardless of your status in society you can’t run away from the cultural doctrine of reality television today. If you are lost with this translation, turn on your television right now, and scroll through the channels –something is brewing right now. I promise. With that being said, perhaps I can get my own show and have cameras following my every move.Trust, there are a myriad of ways of convincing the public that reading is fundamental and sexy in 2013. At least it would get people to thinking about reading a book and understanding that a dictionary exists for a reason… Don’t you think?!!

About kreativeYoungmillionaire

Writer | Art Librarian | Creative Mixologist | Genealogy Curator | Community Archivist


3 thoughts on “FICTION | EXPOSED: The REAL WORLD Factor

  1. I absolutely agree with you. We need shows out there that promote and portray what people can achieve with hard work and education. I would watch your show. How about a show that chronicles the lives of all types of Librarians? We could call it “Life between the Stacks” or something like that….;-) (I know that for many in our field there are no stacks, but others don’t and it might “hook” them.) Unfortunately, I don’t think anyone would watch because it isn’t trashy or sensationalized, but REAL.

    In my opinion none of the reality T.V. shows portray “real” people doing “real” things. This is across the board. Those portrayed are a small percentage of the population in general. While I do know people that live lives very close to those on Honey Boo Boo (not sure that is what it is called) the majority of society is not like that. I fear the reason people want to watch all of these reality shows is not to better themselves, but to feel better about the fact that their lives are nowhere near as “bad” or “messed up” as those on T.V. Sadly, We have taken the REAL out of reality T.V.

    You rock!

    Posted by runningreader1 | May 30, 2013, 11:24 am
    • I totally agree with you. I find it entertaining at times and then sometimes I’m just disgusted. I rather not be condescending and say that I don’t watch the shows. I’m a MTV generation baby… So you know. However, I do have a responsibility as to what I do tune in to as it pertains to reality television. I’ve narrowed my list as of late. 🙂

      Posted by kreativeYoungmillionaire | May 30, 2013, 11:39 am
      • I am right there with you. I have in the past, and do occasionally watch a show, but lately there are fewer and fewer on my list of those I will sit through. 🙂 A book is always much more entertaining, but not always more wholesome.

        Posted by runningreader1 | May 30, 2013, 1:30 pm

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