Heather Ryan, former manager of 34 beauty pageant clients (some of Toddlers & Tiaras fame) came out with a tell-all book, Unleashing a Momster: A Peek Behind the Curtain at the Tragic Life of America's Most Successful Child Pageant Star. She accurately describes it as a "Labor of Loath."
Why are Americans obsessed with lots of mindless shows? Because following September 11th, the world got way too serious. I believe the popularity of reality television is directly related to terrorism.