chapter  13
10 Pages

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.