Lol....I have been saying the same thing for a while. Look at who is in charge of the major networks on your cable/satellite provider. It started with shows like Big Brother, The Real World...these shows started out interesting but look at where they are now. Then came Paris Hilton, The Jersey Shore, then the Kardashians....the Bachelor/Bacheloret. Its a shame where some of the stupidest people get famous for some of the stupidest reasons. Everything is staged, there are no chance winners its like horse racing the losers are already chosen. And people like the sheep they are sit in front of the tv and watch....and gasp when someone doesn't get a rose, and then talk about it with other sheep on how upset "they" are that the person they would have picked got kicked off.
We have to face it that the word "Reality", when it comes to shows like this refers to world that those who watch this crap create in their own minds, and has no baring in the "real" world. But its real to them...so you are right it is a form of brainwashing and we are the ones to blame on who becomes famous. Parents are no longer parents, they want to be friends with their kids so they don't say anything when their daughters listen to Nicki Minaj, or some other singer or whatnot.
I watch very few shows now a days like sports (football, hockey) and listen to actual music...like Jamiroquai.