93 F
College Station
Sunday, August 1, 2021

How ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Reflected America’s Struggle With Materialism

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

On the eve of the show’s finale, one critic wrote that “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” ultimately became “tangential” to the family’s fame. With the ratings having peaked years ago, that’s impossible to deny.

As the series ended, Kim constantly broke the fourth wall, explicitly constructing on-camera boundaries when a conversation got too intimate. That illusion of total intimacy was always a facade, clearer in the early “Brady-Bunch” days of their bright sitcom-style show, then less obvious as fame caught up with the Kardashians and demanded the appearance of genuine insight into their personal dramas and tragedies. It was never “Big Brother,” nor was it supposed to be.

Early episodes captured a big family in a small home, with warm lighting, formulaic plots, and a tight-knit dynamic. The show’s success played out on-screen, as the family was captured in their increasingly expansive, sterile living spaces, struggling with addiction and kidnapping and divorce and fertility and gender. Ratings went down. Followers went up. The show aired while mass media splintered into online niches.

On social media, the family wields even more control over its image — and the business of its image. Initially derided as the family “famous for being famous,” they now sit atop a mountain of influencers who fabricated their way to the same kind of notoriety, faking it until they make it. When they make it, it’s as peddlers of a cheap aesthetic rooted in nothing other than materialism.

For all its frivolity (Todd Kraines, jail selfies), “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” captured both the arc of American fame and the creeping pains of modernity. The sugar high of meteoric celebrity gave way to rolling tragedy, to mansions that house rich families splintered into their sterile shelters by broken relationships. Like many of us, they’re tortured by social media, but strategically game it to soothe their pain with material comforts.

But as America’s birth rate slows and femininity fades, the country’s first family has famously multiplied. Their relationships and marriages mostly fail, but their purpose and solace are found in their many, many children. And they’re eager, attentive

Continue reading on thefederalist

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

State News

Biden Admin Sues Texas Over Executive Order Cracking Down on Transportation of Illegal Aliens

The Biden administration has filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas, after Gov. Greg Abbott released an executive order earlier this week prohibiting...

Austin Taxpayers Forced to Pay Left-Wing Consultants $10K/Day for Critical Race Theory Training

If it’s another week, it’s another boondoggle for the City of Austin, all paid for by citizens’ tax dollars. According to recent open records...

Abbott’s Latest Order Doesn’t Protect Long-Term Care Visitation Rights

Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest executive order leaves in place visitation restrictions for residents of long-term care facilities. Some facilities have even locked down again,...

The Liberty Café 44: Stupidity and Texas Republicans

Republicans have wasted a good portion of the 19 years they have been in charge of Texas government. On Episode 44 of the Liberty...

Fighting Honorably, In Context

As the saying goes, “Context is king.” Nowhere have I seen that so practically displayed as in Israel, where passages from the Bible spring...

Continue reading on thefederalist