A Brown University lecture asks the question about Kate Gosselin, Kris Jenner and other "momagers" of reality TV kids: Are they nurturing moms or are they exploiting their children for fame and finances? (Around here we call that a "rhetorical question.")
The lecture will be given at Brown University in Rhode Island on Wed, March 14 from 7 - 9 PM and is free to the public. That's six hours away from Wernersville by car but my readers and I would love to be a fly on the wall for that one. If anyone is able to attend it we'd welcome a report on the lecture and the audience's response.
Readers of this blog know this question is anything but new. This US Magazine asked the question years ago and my book, Jon & Kate Plus Eight: Reality TV & the Selling of the Gosselins is chock full of examples that support the "momster" verdict.
Kate's few-left ever-dwindling fans continue to defend her despite many documented instances of her choosing filming and money over the health and well-being of her children, but you know things have gotten pretty bad when a highly respected institution offers a lecture which questions your parenting decisions.
Al Walentis's book explored the the tabloid perspective, my book explored the psychological perspective, and now this lecture explores the sociological perspective of reality TV and the Gosselin family. IMO only good can come out of the public becoming more educated about the truths of "reality" TV.