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Is Campaign 2016 Keeping it Real or Keeping it Real Ridiculous?

When did reality television replace reality? In 2000, CBS released the reality show Survivor, and Americans were hooked. Shows like this could be made cheaply and if you were fortunate enough to get a well- known person to participate you could start counting the Benjamins. This is how the Kardashians went from a family to a brand, and how Donald Trump went from being a successful New York realtor to mega-media personality.
Reality television is predicated on drama. The facts and the truth are often missing in action, but the frenetic drama is front and center. Viewers don’t want to be bogged down with issues of integrity or morality? This is almost like having a once a week fantasy. It’s pure escapism. This is not a problem unless this starts to bleed over into real life. Donald Trump’s candidacy has been the beneficiary of reality television. He was discovered there and over the past eight months we have watched him masterfully use the mainstream media tactics he perfected on NBC, The Apprentice. Real people need real solutions with real plans for the future and that seems to be missing in 2016. Recently, President Obama said at the Rutgers University commencement, “In politics and in life, Ignorance is not a virtue,” he said. “It’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about. That’s not keeping it real or telling it like it is. That’s not challenging political correctness. That’s just not knowing what you’re talking about. And yet we’ve become confused about this.” We have always been a nation that conquered challenges. Sought answers to questions. Ignorance was temporal as we pursued truth, but in 2016 we watch crowds clap and affirm meaningless lines from the stump. No one seems to be asking the real question “how”? What are the voters looking for in a candidate? Someone to tap into our fears and exploit them to their advantage, or someone who has plan with real direction? So far all my questions have been about the candidates, but we have to flip the mirror and look ourselves. Have we become more Kardashian than Camelot, more Trump than Obama? Are we witnessing more than another election? Will this simply become the new normal or are we seeing a real change in how we select a leader? This is important and it is up to the voters to decide how they want this to end and that is a reality.

If you are not celebrating Caitlyn Jenner you better be quiet

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We met Caitlyn Jenner yesterday. Her introduction was met with celebration. Even the president tweeted his support. She is finally living in her own truth, but what happens to the people who were a part of Bruce Jenner’s life? How do his ex-wives feel about his truth? How do his children feel about his truth? Some will say this is none of our business, but Jenner is a part of reality television. He lived his life on camera and in the summer she will be taking us along on her transition journey. So she is living her truth, but another truth is there are people in his past life who are also forced to live it with her.

Bruce Jenner is transitioning to a woman

The Kardashians are reality royalty. They share everything with the world, and Bruce Jenner will be sharing his transition. Is there anything this family will not share?
http://www.people.com/article/bruce-jenner-transitioning-woman

E Network Defends Decision to Rerun the Kardashian Wedding

It is impossible to escape the Kardashian debacle. It is everywhere. the news networks, the entertainment networks, and the talk shows. We have seen Kim look pathetic as she laments the end of the marriage and asks for privacy and time to heal. Really??? This from a woman who burst into the public conscience via a sex tape. The marriage lasted for 72 days. Now E has announced that it wil re-air the event next week. Is that so bad? No, because this is reality televsion where nothing is really real. So next week viewers will get another opportunity to watch this spectacle of excess, but this time no one will wonder whether this couple will have a happy ending we all know how it ends…divorce court. Oh, that’s an idea maybe they can appear on Divorce Court.

http://online.wsj.com/article/APd384777ad64d4ba88f95a5256cc80a7a.html