Avoiding the Reality Drive-Through
Reality television is often credited-or criticized-for introducing
the universal phenomenon that today is logged in the American
pop culture lexicon as instant celebrity.
In the bygone era of old-school Hollywood, there was not only
an established celebrity standard, there was also an established
process by which one could attain that elusive and still largely
respected status. The stars of yesterday earned their celebrity in
large part by patiently but diligently working their way to the top
of the industry through incremental steps that nurtured talent
and cultivated appreciation for their chosen craft. Today, however,
that long and painful road to success is frequently becoming the
road less traveled.