“what, exactly, are the attendees of these gatherings protesting?”

“what, exactly, are the attendees of these gatherings protesting?”
New City Chicago examines the protests at the The Real World Chicago house, and finds that a “mish-mash group of activists, anti-globalists, anarchists and radicals” is “decentralized” and basically just “several groups and individuals reacting to the presence of ‘The Real World’ and using it as a platform to voice their opposition to what they feel the show stands for and its effect on the neighborhood.”

+ also: watch video of the protests at the Suck My News Netwerk.
+ plus: a look at Piece, the pizza restaurant where the cast members are working.

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.

A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.