Last night I saw this tweet by Simon:
1. Reality tv stars HAVE TO use it so the person they talk to can be heard.
2. Therefor its creates a conversation (as oppose to a monologue (it’s “REALer”). Monologues is a specific thing which will be recorded on a green screen later for the tv stars to comment on what they’re doing as they’re doing it.
3. A lot of reality tv shows are shot in LA, city where people spend A LOT of time in their car. They see in traffic an opportunity to make phone calls they won’t have time to make elsewhere.
4. The way reality tv show stars do things (the way they dress, the words they use, and in this case, the way they take their calls on speaker) has a direct impact on pretty much EVERYONE’s way of doing thing because:
** I say PRETTY MUCH everyone and not EVERYONE because of evident demographics (populations living isolated from civilization) with no cellphone and no tv, are not taking into account in this theory**
a. Acting by mimesis is something instinctive that we do as human beings (that’s how we learn how to speak for example).
b. If you’re not imitating what you directly saw on tv, you’re very likely imitating someone that did so!
A few numbers:
– on average 2.081 million persons saw every weekly 42 minutes episodes of the 11th season of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” It’s a lot of people, especially concentrated in Europe and North America. It makes the probability of you seeing people that saw it very high.
5. The majority of New Yorkers commute to work using the subway. So the subway is to NYC what the car is to LA (are you still following me?)
6. New Yorkers are unconsciously imitating Kim Kardashian talking on the phone with the speaker on in her White Roll Royce. The difference is they’re adapting it to their surrounding.
As a result, “people [have] loud ass conversations on the phone with the speaker on while riding the train” because of Kim Kardashians and her reality TV co-workers.