The phrase “Reality TV” is up there with the most misused phrases in the English language. What part of Reality TV is reality, exactly? Is it the Immunity Idols? Eight person communes designed for conflict by psychologists? Makeup-caked housewives yanking each other’s extensions for screen time? If this is reality, kill me now.

Thankfully (and I imagine most of us know this), Reality TV is far from reality. It’s poorly named. Maybe it’s just saying this is the reality of what happens when you take people hellbent on fame and shove it in their faces. I don’t know. What I do know is if you can convince people you’re acting normal while being broadcast into millions of homes, you’re an actor. This is primarily because of a psychological effect called

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