Humiliation TV has been around for a long time. Take this rare clip from 1990 Manhattan Cable where host Ken Sander is a sitting duck to a litany of obscene callers, who gleefully abuse him while he shows remarkable calm on camera. (WARNING: Adult Language)
Because of the huge success of Reality TV, the camera is enabling more idiots willing to make fools of themselves than ever before. But why do we watch this stuff? Because it’s there. And it’s a reflection on society. Cynical producers exploit the audience’s cravings by offering a sophisticated blend of the different flavors of humiliation.