There are people who might plead a didactic case. If indeed the purpose of reality shows is to educate, why can't the choreographers show the masses of poor black people the surest way of escaping poverty for the greatest number of people - education?
We black people have real problems. Our communities have been ravaged by poverty, unemployment, alcoholism and drug abuse, women abuse, and so on.
Would it not be helpful if our creatives were to produce popular TV shows that leave viewers with a sense of determination to do something to build a better society?
In his book, Homo Deus, historian Yuval Harari stretches the eye of his mind to peep into the future that awaits humankind.
Harari foresees a future where the production of goods will no longer be organised along the exploitative lines that troubled Karl Marx in his day.
In Harari's future, the greatest mass of people will not battle with exploitation, for there will be no one to exploit them. The greatest enemy will be "irrelevance". A whole mass of people will simply be irrelevant.
"Irrelevance" is the other name for unemployment.
In the age of irrelevance, the best career will be entertainment.
There will be entertainers for the rich, and entertainers for the poor.
The most popular entertainers will be those who make the poor believe that it is easy to make money. Poor people will spend long hours watching all manner of mind-dumbing reality shows that distort the very thing they think they are observing - reality.
Money will be easy to make, but only for the entertainers. They will become rich simply by peddling nonsense on TV. The greater the number of poor people watch the reality shows, the more money the entertainers will make.