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I’m on record saying I don’t watch award shows because I couldn’t give a crap about rich people patting themselves on the back. I have wondered aloud why there is no nationally televised Best Teacher Of The Year show. The answer is always ratings. Not enough people would watch stories about the positive effects a teacher has had on a student through various interviews and re-enactments. America is more curious as to what the chick of the day is wearing.

Our country is all up in everybody else’s backyard. Minding your own business has gone the way of making a private phone call for a dime in a booth. The airwaves are overrun with carbon copy TV shows that do nothing but report on the “goings on” of famous people.

And now we can even use video to call into these shows live and offer our personal take on Justin Beiber’s latest arrest.

On the surface, Dance Moms is a show about young dancers and their moms. It’s really about the teacher being a bitch and the overbearing mom’s impatience with the teacher and their kids. A viewer called TMZ Live to complain that Justin B had a police escort to a concert. When told Lebron James had the same deal she felt strongly that Justin wasn’t as important as Lebron, and that makes it wrong to spend taxpayers money blah, blah, blah. Looks like America feels athletes and entertainers are the most important people of all.

In an episode of Hardcore Pawn, a woman leaving the store was upset about not being satisfied, saw a woman in line looking at her “wrong.” The next thing you know these two face off in a wolf ticket competition. All up in each other’s grill about their respective skank levels. Then, I noticed the woman in line had one of those battery packs for a microphone underneath her blouse in the back. Apparently this was not reality it was simply another made up conflict.

These so called “guilty pleasures” are called that because we know it’s wrong to enjoy watching people get embarrassed, beat down, or otherwise humiliated. We watch anyway because we just can’t mind our own damn business.

I have heard more than one “reality star” talk about relevance. I suppose the attention from the masses of nosy people gives them the feeling that they are relevant. On the real, they are just part of the whole cycle. People get rich, taking pictures and reporting on the famous. People are being outrageous and completely rude for the camera, in a lame attempt to fast track fame.

There seems to be no shortage of people willing to expose whatever skeletons are in their closets. Doing something noteworthy is not necessary if fame is your end game.

In every field of endeavor, there are people who do their job with excellence and passion, but athletes and entertainers always get more than a fair share of attention.

Meanwhile, teachers continue to be underpaid and deal with overcrowding and are required to babysit students that have little or no home training.

William Stephenson

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