This Cannot Be Real

“The feeling of joy derived from the misfortunes of others, that makes you realize that your life is not so bad after all.” That’s either a reasonable definition of Schadenfreude, or a good explanation of why reality TV has survived and thrived. Pacific Standard’s Lizzie Schiffman Tufano provides a reality TV retrospective. Someone should do a reality show that features people on their couches bursting into tears as they realize that both Real World and Survivor are celebrating their 30th seasons.

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