An interview with USA TODAY, Jan. 3, 2012
“After years of providing the American masses with doses after doses of celebrities and reality TV shows, television has managed to plant the seeds of addiction to celebrities and reality TV stars into the American psyche and culture,” says Samir Husni, director of the Magazine Innovation Center at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism.
But have no fear, while Kardashian is No. 1, Hollywood A-listers still make up the majority of the rest of the top 10. “The A-listers still provide a degree of ‘self-respect’ to the public which can justify watching and reading all the stuff about them,” Husni says.
And for the first time, British royals make the cut, thanks in large part to Prince William’s wedding in the spring. Says Husni: “Magazine readers are living in a soap opera. Add to that a royal appearance, and the soap opera story becomes hotter than hot.”