Top 10 Worst Reality TV Shows

Reality TV can be absolutely mindnumbing, and that’s why we love it. Here’s some of the worst reality television shows ever made.

Let’s face it: we don’t watch reality TV for its educational value. Most reality television portrays humanity at its most insipid, and that’s why we love it. We all have our favorite show that’s so bad we can’t admit to others that we watch it. Here’s some of the worst of the worst reality TV shows. Warning: watching these programs will make you want a long, long shower!

Flavor of Love (2006) and I Love New York (2007). On this VH-1 train wreck, single women (aka bad actresses) catfight their way to the heart of Flavor Flav, the sweet but bizarre washed-up rap star who sports a huge clock around his neck. The bitch extraordinaire of the show is New York, who looks like a drag queen with bad makeup. VH-1 kept the ratings-fest alive with a spinoff, I Love New York, where New York selects a mate with the help of her equally vicious mother.
Temptation Island (2001-2003). Four unmarried couples who are having relationship problems travel to a beautiful location, where they test their relationship by dating and making out with sexy models. At the end of the show, the couples decide whether to stay together or break up. Critics charged this show with promoting infidelity. Thing is, though, the contestants are so clueless and sleazy that no one would actually want to mimic their behavior.
Britney & Kevin: Chaotic (2005). Thank you, Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, for giving us a generous glimpse of your love story (before you broke up and Britney went berserk and shaved her head). The only celebrity show that was equally as pathetic was the Anna Nicole Show (2002-2004), which was instantly made unfunny after Anna Nicole’s death, so Britney and Kevin now reign supreme.
My Super Sweet 16 (2005–). You can always count on MTV to numb your mind. The premise of this show is simple: make fun of spoiled rich girls as they plan over-the-top Sweet 16 galas. Nothing unpredictable happens; the girls whine at their daddies a lot and their parties are a huge success.
Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? (2000). The only thing more bizarre than this train wreck was the amount of media coverage it received. “Lucky” Darva Conger was chosen by millionaire Rick Rockwell to be his bride. They married at the end of the show. Unfortunately, she was only in it for the free trip to Las Vegas, so she dumped him on the honeymoon cruise. It turned out that Rockwell wasn’t all that rich anyway.
Mr. Personality (2003). This Fox show was hosted by Monica Lewinsky, which automatically earns it a spot on this list. The premise: a beautiful woman gets to date a bunch of guys with masks on, so she doesn’t know if they’re hot or dorky looking. There’s supposed to be some deep message about inner beauty or something.
The Real Housewives of Orange County. (2006–). This strangely addictive Bravo show is sort of like Super Sweet 16 for grownups. Five rich OC women spend obscene amounts of money and make bad choices. The show is kind of lame, but that’s part of what makes it fun.
Married by America. (2003). Here’s how it works: America calls in and chooses mates for a bunch of bachelors and bachelorettes. The couples live together and fight a lot, and in the finale, the two couples deemed most compatible compete for the privilege of getting married on national TV. Both couples bailed out, thank goodness.
The Player. (2004). A UPN original reality show– that pretty much sums it up! In this supposedly hip-hop dating show, a stunning model chooses among a group of “players” with the help of her catty girlfriends.
My Fair Brady (2005) and My Fair Brady: We’re Getting Married! (2006). Former America’s Next Top Model winner Adrianne Curry is in love with Christopher Knight, who played Peter on the Brady Bunch and is a gazillion years older than her. Despite the disapproval of Florence Henderson– aka Carol Brady– they get married. Only VH-1 could make third rate celebrities this mesmerizing.

The Apprentice: UK Version

The penultimate episode of Alan Sugar’s search for a business star gave us the biggest shock of the series. But was it all staged?

The world of reality television has become so saturated with variations on a theme that it rarely surprises us anymore. The supposedly ‘shock’ turnaround at the end of the show (the expert house hunter pulls Mr and Mrs Joe Bloggs’ dream house out of the bag at the last moment; the failing trainee cellist suddenly finds his muse and plays to a delighted and amazed crowd) is so obviously set up that the story being told frequently becomes jaded and entirely predictable. This is why Katie Hopkins’ shock exit from The Apprentice on Wednesday was such a refreshing change.

Katie was the fourteenth out of sixteen hopefuls to leave ‘the job interview from hell’ with the boss from hell, Alan Sugar. The job on offer is a £100,000 post in one of his companies. Every week this self-made millionaire set up tasks testing the candidates’ expertise in all fields of business. Selling tea to the French, trainers to hoodies or art to the Notting Hill set – nothing was off the table. Every episode ended with Sugar yelling the words ‘You’re fired’ at one hapless young hopeful.

Katie Hopkins was the most ruthless and aggressive wannabee of the lot. While she shone in the tasks, and no one could doubt her ability to do the job, questions were being raised about her integrity and motivation for entering The Apprentice. Was she just out to win for the sake of winning? In Wednesday’s penultimate episode, she won a place in the final. Seemingly a dream come true – but all she could do was blanche and go puce at the same time (quite a feat in itself). Within five minutes she had left the boardroom. The reason? Uprooting her young family. ‘I realised that I’d have to move my whole world to Brentwood the next week’.

This was absolutely astonishing. Here we have an incredibly forceful, overbearing career obsessive, excelling herself as top dog in a cutthroat competition. And (almost) at the last hurdle, what let her down was failing to realise that Essex is, in fact, just a little more than a five-minute drive from Devon.

The interesting question is: was it staged? With the three remaining candidates in front of him, and one to fire, logic dictated that Sugar would have put Kristina Grimes – the stronger candidate – through first. This would have left a well-worn cliffhanger of a decision: Katie or Simon Ambrose (more nervous, but with that rather mundane quality, integrity). Putting Katie through first left the cameras focused on the rather novel sight of this (by now highly uncomfortable) woman squirming in her seat. Alan Sugar is nothing if not observant and he, like us, could almost see the thought bubble forming: “What the hell have I done?” After a brief reality check of a conversation, she stood down.

If it was a set up, Katie was unaware of it. Although the words ‘I felt it was the right and more honourable thing to step down’, when coming out of her mouth, seem out of character, her entire body language told the truth: she just couldn’t go through with it and she had only just realised this. Perhaps Alan Sugar could smell her indecision; perhaps a team of psychologists had worked out before she did that she would fire herself. Whatever the truth of the matter is, this episode of The Apprentice gave us a rare treat in the world of reality TV: a genuine twist in the tale.

Laguna Beach Season Three

Kristin Cavallari, ultimate Laguna Beach babe, MTV Reality World
The new season of ‘Laguna Beach’ is more dramatic than it has ever been, but its characters try too hard to fill producer-designed, predetermined roles.

There will never be another LC, so why even try to live out her legacy vicariously through Tessa? Marketed as the princess of goodness, Tessa lacks the manifest intelligence and unparalleled poise of LC. The producers’ attempt to pitch Tessa and Chase as the new Stephen and LC is a useless effort: it will simply never work.

Rocky may at first seem to be a worthy Laguna sidekick, but her character lacks the brainless appeal mastered by Lo of Season one and Alex H. of Season two. Kyndra has the meanness, but is missing the inspired flair of a genuine ice queen.

Cami, whose catty brilliance is the best reason to watch the new season, comes close to capturing the natural nastiness of Kristin.

So, why have the Season three characters (with the exception of Cami) proved unworthy of Laguna fame? The producers, in their futile striving for any resemblance of scripted drama, must be blamed.

Depending too much on parties for plot goading, the producers have blatantly been contriving otherwise unrealistic encounters between the rivaling cliques. If you hate the girls, then why would you invite them to your party?

The new season of ‘Laguna Beach’ is a puzzling mystery: where have all the insanely watchable beauties of seasons past gone? Season two’s reunion-ridden Christmas party opener foreshadowed a gripping season that intertwined the beloved season one veterans with season two newbies. Season three’s Jessica-Cameron-Kyndra triangle is simply not enough.

LC is slated to return in upcoming episodes for some Breanna coaching but it will likely not be enough to enliven the season.

Despite deficient main characters, the new season’s increased parental presence is indulgingly fresh. Jessica’s mirror-of-a-mom and Kyndra’s perpetually lurking mom are more stimulating than boring Tessa and whiny Raquel.

The new season occasionally has those candy-coated moments of delicious Laguna glossiness treasured by fans of previous seasons, including a meaty existentialist death musing between Jessica and Cameron, but the most ponderous question still remains unanswered: Where is Kristin?

About the author: Logan, a student at Princeton University, writes television and film reviews in addition to fiction. He is a reporter for TVblend.com where he writes a weekly recap of ‘Laguna Beach.’

7 Essential Marketing Guidelines For Twitter

Rule #1: Planning Matters

 

One of the best metaphors for Twitter is the fact that it’s a bar. Unlike Facebook where you know interact with ‘friends’, on Twitter you can engage with almost anyone. There are an incredible number of simultaneous conversations happening on several thousand topics. It can be overwhelming. It can also be enlightening.

 

The open nature of Twitter is really what makes it so compelling as a expected tool for business. However, businesses that think they may be able create a free account and begin marketing on Twitter (or: spewing sales pitches) have been in for a rude awakening. Not only will that strategy fail, the Twitter community could turn on the company and create a public relations nightmare for the business.

 

Marketing isn’t about pushing products. It’s about understanding of market needs, analyzing competition, identifying the positioning ‘sweet spot’, creating awareness and credibility, developing and supporting a community of loyal customers and more. Twitter can be used for any or a few of these marketing objectives. In fact, one of Twitter’s unique strengths is its ‘discovery’ capabilities.

 

What do you want to accomplish? Exactly what are your goals and how will you know that you’re successful or going the right direction? You can start Rule #2 before having these fully completed, but you need to have your Twitter objectives nailed down just before start tweeting.

 

Rule #2: Listen First

 

Remember how we said Twitter is like a bar? How would people react if you walked into a bar (or coffee shop or other public location for socializing) and you started shouting about whatever was on your own mind? Best case they’d ignore you. Very likely, you’d be thrown out – and maybe never allowed back.

 

The same is applicable on Twitter. Don’t spam. Relevance is important. The Twitter community is judge and jury. It can be tough to recover from a bad reputation therefore it is best not to get one within the first place.

 

If you’re just getting started on Twitter, be sure to listen (read) for a while before you start posting or replying. There’s nothing wrong with being a voyeur. Whether or not you’re already on Twitter, take a step back and just listen once in a while. Do so on a fairly daily basis. Twitter is evolving quickly.

 

So what are you ‘listening’ for?

 

- What are the hot topics, most popular links from tweets, or most popular users?

 

- Exactly what are the types of tweets that get re-tweeted most?

 

- Exactly what are the users in your industry or target audience tweeting about?

 

Rule #3: Find Your Voice

 

When you were listening in the previous rule, you certainly noticed many different types of tweets. If you didn’t, you should go back and listen harder.

 

While there is absolutely no right or wrong answer for what your Twitter style or voice should be, there are definitely considerations to make before you decide to start tweeting. You need to make certain that your voice is appropriate for the objectives that you are trying to achieve together with image which you wish to portray. You should document the characteristics of the chosen voice and why these are typically important – that is especially useful if you will have more than one person tweeting for your organization or you intend to hire ghost writers.

 

So exactly what are the characteristics that you need to consider? One way to think about the characteristics of the Twitter voice is to map out several vectors with different extremes for each end then decide where your ideal position would be for each vector. For instance, would you like your Twitter stream to be fully automated or fully manual? Professional or casual? It’s unlikely that you will be at either extreme, but the vector will allow you to definitely easily visualize your voice.

 

Rule #4: Look Alive

 

Creating an account on Twitter and keeping the default profile photo and background is a sure-fire way to show Twitter users that you’re not seriously interested in Twitter or the Twitter community as a whole. There is absolutely no excuse for not investing into the small effort so it takes to create a rich profile page and profile photo.

 

Have a designer create something that integrates well with all the Twitter profile page. Your whole Foods and Zappos examples below should give you some ideas. Look at your competitors and do something better! If you do not have the skills in-house, there are lots of freelance designers that can create something totally custom without spending much. Of course you’ll want to complete the profile information and include a URL – consider a specific landing page on your own website.

 

There are a number of couple schools of thought on profile photos. For businesses, more and more logos are turning up. In our opinion, logos are not in the right spirit. Twitter provides a unique way for businesses to provide a human touch. Our recommendation is to utilize a great quality, properly formatted photo if you can. There are lots of articles in the topic. Do a quick search to have more information and suggestions.

 

Now you’re ready to promote your presence on Twitter. Promote your Twitter user name on your website, in email signatures, direct mail pieces, business cards, etc. If you’re tweeting regularly, consider displaying them on your website or blog. There are plenty of tools that allow it to be easy.

 

Rule #5: Grow Your Flock

 

Several strategies exist to help grow your flock on Twitter. Some are a bit controversial. We’ll save those for later. Hopefully we don’t need to explain the advantages of having plenty of followers. The real question is, “Are you attracting the followers you’ll want to get to your goals?”

 

Rule #4 covered the very first step. Letting your existing clients and partners know how to find you on Twitter will get you some followers. The second strategy is to adhere to companies and individuals within your industry and/or region. Some will follow you in return. But there are other benefits.

 

Many tools glance at the relationships between users (who’s following whom) while making recommendations according to that information. As a result, following users with certain characteristics can actually help you attract followers. Genuine engagement (Rule #6) is also key to achieve followers and builds off for the users you follow. Another totally acceptable way to gain followers is to adhere to interesting people. If you see someone who tweets interesting things associated with your company, see who she follows, and follow her.

 

Auto-following users based on them following you or using third-party tools (some listed below) is where you start to get into a gray area. Tools are usually starting to show up that glance at the ratio of followers to friends for ranking and other purposes. It’s probably not a good idea to get your ratio completely out of whack. “Follow many but don’t auto-follow everyone” is probably the greatest approach.

 

Rule #6: Engage Genuinely

 

Look before you leap when considering to Twitter. You are embarking on a journey. It can not be viewed as a one-time event. You need to nurture and support your efforts. If for example the initial level of activity starts to wane, your followers will notice and will feel a sense of abandonment. Begin with a comfortable, sustainable level of engagement. Engagement on Twitter is such as the inverse of product pricing – it’s very easy to drop prices and easy to improve Twitter engagement, but doing the opposite is exponentially more difficult.

 

To get started, use search.twitter.com or any other Twitter search method to see that is talking about you, your brand or a keyword related to your industry. Read up and then engage when you have something informative to say. If you are looking for your user name you can simply see your replies in Twitter if someone starts a tweet with ‘@(your twitter name)’ but sometimes people will put @yourname in the center of their tweet. By searching “to:yourname” it will find any tweets that included your user name.

 

Using good judgment combined with Rules 1-5, you should be in pretty good shape. The greater time you spend on Twitter, the greater efficient and reliable you’ll get. Below are some tips gathered from various Twitter users around the web on just how to optimize your Twitter time and avoid potential Twitter landmines:

 

- Clients like Tweetdeck and Twhirl allow it to be less complicated to manage Twitter while making you more efficient.

 

- Understand and make use of direct messages (DM) (private), replies (public) and re-tweets (RT) correctly.

 

- You do not have to read every tweet or reply to every DM, but don’t ignore all of them either.

 

- Use URL shortening tools like TinyURL, tr.im as well as others for cleaner tweets and more characters for you.

 

- Comment on others’ tweets and re-tweet what others have posted to build your place in the community.

 

Rule #7: Track Your Results

 

When you have everything in motion, you’ll want to keep an eye on things to trace your progress and to see whether it makes sense to spend more (or less) time on Twitter. It is simple to go overboard with measurements. Here are our recommendations on the ‘must haves’ and the ‘nice to haves’.

 

In Rule #1 you set your Twitter objectives. What do you will need to measure to help make sure you’re headed into the right direction? These are your key performance indicators or KPIs. When you know exactly what your KPIs are, you’ll be able to figure out what tools you’ll need.

 

For instance, if for example the goal is to find visitors to your website and also to sell an item, you’ll wish to know how many visitors are coming to the site from Twitter, how many of those visitors buy your product and how your conversion rate compares to visitors off their sources. Web analytics tools from Yahoo, Google as well as others (see Resources below) can get this information for you. Obviously that is simplified. You’ll likely have multiple goals and more KPIs for each goal, but it’s important to understand what metrics you actually need and why they are important – what do they tell you and how can you use that information? You’ll need to track your KPIs on a typical basis and make use of them in order to make adjustments to your strategy as required.

 

Conclusion

 

Twitter is changing the way people communicate and search for information and it hasn’t even scratched the surface in regards to its potential reach and influence.

 

Twitter can be used for fast, effective and inexpensive research, customer support, public relations, lead generation and more – but your efforts will almost certainly backfire if you do not stick to the explicit and unspoken policies in this vibrant and rapidly growing community.

 

Whether you are self-employed, a small business owner, a multi-national corporation or a government agency – a high-tech company, a manufacturer or a coffee shop, Twitter provides huge opportunities and risks.

 

LG15 Saga; What’s the Scoop?

Who is Lonleygirl15 and why is she so popular in the eyes of the media? Here we take a look at a new mode of entertainment; internet television shows.

The predominance of internet television has skyrocketed in the past few years. One of the most popular sagas is that of Lonleygirl15 or LG15. She started out as just a young girl video blogging on Youtube, telling her audience about her life as a 16-year-old home schooled girl living in Boresville, USA.

Her first video blog, or vlog, dropped some popular names from Youtube, which caught the attention of many viewers. She then started talking about more popular Youtube stars in the next two vlogs, which attracted even more viewers. Eventually Lonelygirl15 attracted thousands upon thousands of viewers within the Youtube community.

After roughly three months on the air, Youtube users began to question whether Lonleygirl15, or Bree, was a real person or not, due to the web she was slowly building with other users and the director-esque vibe of her videos. It was then leaked that Lonleygirl15, in fact, was being played by an actress named Jessica Rose and that the entire experience had been a hoax.

After this leak the Lonleygirl15 fan base was very upset. They had believed that they were following the on-goings of a real girl and were then made into fools by the very girl they had come to like so much.

When the steam had ceased to perpetuate out of their ears, the LG15 fans saw past the fact that they had been dooped and realized that they were now part of something revolutionary; an interactive educational internet television show. Since then, the show has continued to involve the fans and proceed with the story line where the fans help figure out clues relating to science, history and detective work.

As one of the first of its kind, LG15 exploded. It has now expanded from Youtube and moved onto a website dedicated specifically to LG15, lg15.com. Here, the fans can discuss videos, decode messages and learn all about the phenomenon from the beginning. There are also links to things such as the LGpedia which is a place on the website that tells the new fans all about the story, from the beginning and explains clues that have been discovered, in depth.

The LG15 show has just finished its two-hundredth video and the fan base continues to grow. Within the website there are links to the characters’ and actor’s Myspace’s and Youtube accounts as well as profiles of each person appearing on the show. As the saga continues, fans bite their nails in suspense and root on the characters in their journey to save Bree from her mysterious religion while forming love triangles discovering

Get Him to Take Care of His Image

Got a Dirty Man? Here’s a Few Steps to Make Him Clean Up
Men have always been simple creatures. They wake up and walk out the door. Here’s how to get them to take a few extra minutes on thier appearance, without feeling girly.

Have you ever looked at your man and wondered what made him think it was okay to go out in public looking like a lumberjack on his lunch break? Its common knowledge that men don’t like to spend a lot of time on their looks, they keep it short and sweet in the bathroom with a little shampoo, deodorant and cologne. But is there a way to get them to realize it’s not girly to take care of themselves? Here are a few steps you can take to get your man from scruffy to stud-ly.
Buy him presents

What man doesn’t like the sound of “honey, I got you something?” Stop by the drugstore on your way home and pick him up some moisturizer and a candy bar, he’ll be so mesmerized by the sight of food that he’ll be willing to put anything on his face. Explain to him the benefits of a two in one moisturizer and SPF and he’ll eat it right up, just like the chocolate.

Men are known for being low-maintenance and simple types of creatures, so don’t bombard him with a shine powder, black head strips and a face scrub all at once. Introduce new products slowly and he’ll begin to use them everyday. Of course, you’ll probably have to remind him once a week or so that he’s starting get some yucky black heads.
Treat him to one of your favorites

A lot of men are just dying for some beauty guidelines, says Sharon Hopkins of skin-care-at-home.com, but are just too afraid to look less masculine in front of their friends. If you take your man to a secluded spa far away from anyone he knows, and treat him to a facial and a manicure, he’ll surely thank you. You have to promise not to let anyone know; don’t even gossip about it with your friends because you don’t want to make him uncomfortable. The important part is that he get the treatment and feel better about himself, there’s no reason to flaunt it around to everyone. Also, he might not trust you much if you blab.

If they won’t let you drag them in public to receive a beauty treatment, get an at-home kit and do it for him yourself. It can turn into a bonding act, as well.
Cook him up some healthy grub

For most men, health food is a curse word. Eating healthy, for some reason, seems to be a girly trait. But healthy foods have more benefits than keeping a smaller waist-line.

According to an E-Zine article by Bill Healy, eating a fair amount of fruits, vegetables and grains will help your skin glow to its fullest potential, by maximizing the efficiency of your digestive track. When your man stops by the local fast food restaurant on his lunch break, all that grease will clog up his pores and make his skin dull.

So, when he comes home, cook him up a meal with some tasty greens and yummy fruits for dessert. He’ll think it’s delicious and you’ll know you’re helping him on his way to healthier, glowing skin that’ll make him stay looking like the young buck you brought home.

When it comes to plucking the unibrow, clearing skin of black heads and protecting yourself against the sun, men are usually clueless. So take these few steps and turn that lumberjack into a hunk.

Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language

A labyrinth of linguistics for the layperson to savor. Don’t let the pace and density of Words and Rules: The Ingredients of Language by Steven Pinker make you dizzy, just sit back, read and enjoy the ride.

Steven Pinker has targeted two areas for study, visual cognition and language. With his best-selling The Language Instinct, he joined Stephen Jay Gould and Richard Dawkins in writing elegant scientific tomes for the popular audience. In the book, Pinker writes about a vibrant and evolving language which can’t stagnate even though some language mavens would make it so.

He also explained Noam Chomsky’s ideas about the evolutionary development of language. Beginning with Chomsky’s belief that language is an inherited ability, Pinker expanded the ideas and used evolutionary psychology and the idea that the brain’s function is for computation for his second best-seller, How The Mind Works. He unleashed a mountain of controversy with Stephen Jay Gould, Thomas Wolfe, as well as those of the religious and arts community, weighing in with their counter-viewpoints. Many argued his premise that the mind can be studied apart from the surrounding culture.

His latest book, Words and Rules:The Ingredients of Language, is perhaps less controversial, but still thought-provoking.

He heard children say things such as “I heared a bell” or “she holded the doll” and realized that no one really knew why children made those errors.

Pinker ably weaves Woody Allen movies, irregular and regular verbs, Wittgenstein, “Far Side” cartoons, word play, and linguistic gymnastics together to explain that language is a combination of memory and generative rules. The study of irregular and regular verbs can lead us to greater understanding of the human mind, our world and our language.

English has only 180 irregular verbs, all of which must be memorized. Before the memory is permanently imprinted with these strange verbs, children fall back on “holded” and “heared”.

In a 1999 Time magazine article, Pinker wrote: “Irregular and regular verbs embody the two underlying tricks behind the gift of articulate speech: words and rules. A word is a memorized link between a sound and a meaning. The word duck does not look, walk, or quack like a duck. But we can use it to convey the idea of a duck because we all once learned to connect the sound with the idea.

“We also combine words into bigger words and sentences, using the second trick of language, rules. Journalists say that when a dog bites a man, that isn’t news, but when a man bites a dog, that is news. Rules, they let us convey news, by reshuffling words in systematic ways.

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