Purposelessness Is Pleasurable
  • The low-brow, consolatory entertainment is enjoyable to viewers because it is relaxed, sociable, sharable and accessible. It is purposeless and trivial, making it relatable to our common humanity.
  • The reality TV recipe often has an everyman quality to it, so the viewers are able to relate to the antics of the participants who talk, act or behave as a normal person (like the viewers) would.
  • The pandemic resulted in TV viewership along with streaming network viewership to thrive. Most of the content is not intellectual but unchallenging, popcorn programming that someone who has had a hard day can relax and unwind with.

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This is why you can't stop watching 'bad' TV

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The tried and tested, familiar format is often repetitive and has the narrative inevitability that people are accustomed to. Much like a football match, it is the small variations that provide the entertainment in an otherwise repetitive TV programming.

The sameness of consolatory TV is how it bonds the viewers to what is familiar, and what affirms to how our society bonds.

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