Reality TV has jumped the shark. The Wall Street Journal reports on a new reality TV show titled Summer Break that follows nine Los Angeles area teenagers in the final days before they head to college. But unlike traditional reality shows that complete shooting and are then edited into drama-fraught narratives, Summer Break will offer tweets, pictures, and videos within minutes after cast members create them:
The monitoring goes on 20 hours a day, courtesy of a 45-person production and social-media crew who work out of a small office in Culver City, Calif. The only time someone isn’t digitally chaperoning the teenage charges is between 3 a.m. and 7 a.m.