Real World DC protesters and stalkers are more interesting than the actual show

The Real World DC has been relentlessly stalked, and made news almost immediately for a confrontation with the media and a camera operator, which the crew member later apologized for.

Now, The Washington Post looks in-depth at the response, largely chronicling what’s been going on. Along the way, the story suggests, fascinatingly, that the watching and watchers are more interesting than the cast, which seems to be behaving rather normally. Here’s a paragraph that gets at the big point:

“The watchers became a cast of their own, sharing tips, arguing over proper sourcing, defending their actions to critics (and each other). They dealt with the strain of a hobby that turned into something more: a weird duty to inform people about an entity that hasn’t done anything remotely interesting. Some might call this quintessential Washington — to try to influence something out of one’s control, to grandstand in the name of public good, to assign meaning to something that’s essentially meaningless.”

Neighborhood Watch [Washington Post]

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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.