World AIDS Day 2001.

World Aids Day 2001

World AIDS Day 2001.

As trivial and ridiculous as it can sometimes be, reality TV involves real people who are just as human and fallible as the rest of us. We were reminded of that on Sept. 11, when Murder in Small Town X‘s Angel Juarbe, a New York City firefighter, was one of the thousands killed; his funeral is today.

Seven years ago this Nov. 11, the day after the final episode of The Real World: San Francisco aired, cast member Pedro Zamora died from complications due to AIDS. On World AIDS Day, which hundreds of bloggers are using to reflect upon AIDS’ effect on every one of us, a few links related to Pedro, who has become nearly synonymous with education about this nondiscriminatory epidemic:

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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.