Reality shows have created a new artificial reality that threatens to overtake real reality. Television execs have inadvertently created a monster and loosed it upon the public.
All reality shows make an artificial situation and throw people into it. Most people who enter into a situation that has an audience focusing upon them will use their 'game' face in all interactions; they will consciously or unconsciously project that aspect of themselves that puts them in the best light. This makes an artificial situation even more artificial. Pretty soon you have an environment that looks like reality, smells like reality and sounds like reality, but isn't reality, much like the Village in either version of the TV show The Prisoner.
After a while you have a lot of people running around with this artificial reality in their heads and they can't even recognize the real reality outside their heads. They run around bumping into things and not understanding a whit of what goes on outside themselves. Or they start using drugs to blot out this annoying thing called reality so that they can live in the Nirvana of the artificial reality.
Once this happens people can no longer distinguish reality from artificially created reality and mayhem ensues. Bus drivers drive off the end of piers. Farmers start planting batteries in their fields instead of crops. Soccer players kick balls to the audience. Pilots try flying their planes through the sea mistaking them for submarines. Mothers drop their kids off at prison instead of school. Idiots from Texas become President. Hunters shoot store window mannequins instead of birds. Priests diddle little kids (forget that one, they do that anyway). People eat lawn grass instead of hamburgers. Writers ramble on not even noticing that they are dithering...
Please note that none of this relates to the Jerry Springer Show which lost all sense of reality long ago and exists in a universe entirely of it's own creating.