chapter  11
12 Pages

Reality Baggage

What comes with success in reality television? What comes with

failure? No matter how you slice it, reality television comes with

substantial baggage, whether you ultimately succeed or fail. Merely

toiling in the genre itself will result in others perceiving you in a dif-

ferent way. But how that “different way” is interpreted, of course,

depends on the beholder’s opinion of reality television-a format

that in many ways divides as much as it unites.