You’re seeing his name everywhere because he is everywhere. He is the celebrity du jour, and he’s not going away anytime soon. If you’re wondering why, it’s because of the perfect storm that was brewing for years: social media, technology and reality television.
For many years, reality television was considered a guilty pleasure by some who often viewed it as a lowbrow genre with little value to society. But then came “Survivor” in 2000, which introduced viewers to the concept of casting contestants — most notably Richard Hatch — based on their ability to manipulate others and win at all costs. Reality television evolved from there, with shows like “The Real World” and “Big Brother” becoming popular staples on cable channels like MTV and CBS.
Today we have shows like “Jersey Shore,” which follows eight young adults partying in Seaside Heights, N.J., where they fight each other over stupid things like who has the ugliest tan lines or who has the best abs (it’s Snooki). We also have people like Kate Gosselin from TLC’s.
Last modified: August 14, 2022