10.6 million Americans watched “Jon & Kate Plus 8” Monday night. 10.6 million. And Monday’s blog post on the subject got more hits than usual. Most of you who left a comment seem to hold the Gosselins in disdain.
So what are we to make of their…what… popularity? And if it’s not popularity, what is it, a national obsession?
Maybe people who think their lives suck like to watch people they think have lives that suck more. 1 + 1= “Hey, maybe my life doesn’t suck after all.” It could be therapeutic. But in this case, they might be wrong and should probably just watch cable news.
Or maybe we’ve become a rubbernecker nation. It’s the same reason we slow down to gawk at accidents and think, “Thank God that’s not us.”
We like to watch. Maybe’s it’s just that simple.