Our current era of on-demand television series does more than facilitate binge-watching—it encourages it. David Foster Wallace already told us what happens next.
We open the bunker on doomsayers preparing for the end of civilization—but not all them will survive the first hour of armageddon.
Before the internet, before Facebook, before Twitter, a group of British documentary filmmakers launched what has become the grand-daddy of reality television. What can Seven Up! tell us about our own experiences in the (self-induced) spotlight?
Here in the valley between the television season’s cliffhangers and the ascent into summer blockbusters, spoilers are plentiful—and those who wish to remain unaware are on high alert. From 2008, a look at the many ways spoilers spoil everything. (Warning: Spoilers ahead.)
In our continuing series, a profile of the pornographer who put Paris Hilton in your living room, and a fascinating look at “pseudo-events” in our culture and the media that can’t get enough of them.
Reality television depends on charismatic contestants, and the Ganz sisters, a pair of identical-twin casting agents, are among its chief suppliers. The first article in a series on the hidden workings of reality TV.
Reality TV may seem a world away from real life, but what happens when Donald Trump’s The Apprentice moves in upstairs? Worse, what happens when it seems to be a sham?