Sandwiched somewhere between prescription pain medication and supersize value meals, reality television is one of those addictions Americans can’t seem to shake. What started innocently on PBS with An American Family, subsequently morphed into MTV’s exploitable hit Teen Mom, and beyond. Seemingly every network on television has dipped their grubby, voyeuristic hands into the reality pot, eliminating working writers and genuine, on-screen talent from production company payrolls in the process.
So just why is reality television so awesome? That’s the very question University of Wynwood, the nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing contemporary literature in Miami, will try to answer at Saturday’s Reality Conference from 1 to 5 p.m. at Lester’s (2519 NW Second Ave., Miami). “The Reality Conference is an opportunity to share and explore our community's obsession with reality TV,” says co-organizer Ruba Katrib. “Scott Cunningham [UW founder and director] and I realized that many of our friends and colleagues harbored secret troves of knowledge and insight into the genre, and we wanted to create a platform where those interests could be made public.” She adds, “The Reality Conference is an opportunity to take the stuff of casual conversations and turn it into more thoughtful -- but still fun -- presentations and discussions.”
Sat., Dec. 10, 1 p.m., 2011