Reality TV is altering the way we watch TV and the way TV does business. It's real people, not actors that are in demand and that's means shrinking jobs for Hollywood writers and actors.
What's driving America's fascination with other people's lives? Have we become a voyeur nation, or just an exhausted one looking for an escape from the real world?
Clay Calvert, author of "Voyeur Nation: Media, Privacy, and Peering in Modern Culture, " professor of communications and law at Pennsylvania State University
Bill Carter, national media reporter for the New York Times
Rory Evans, freelance editor
Jeff Gaspin, executive vice president of Alternative Series Programming for NBC
This program aired on January 30, 2003.