If everyone is going to get that proverbial 15 minutes of fame, we'll need more airtime. Enter Larry Namer - cofounder of E! Entertainment Television - who this winter will launch Reality Central, a 24/7 cable network devoted to every riveting, repulsive, and banal dimension of reality TV. Namer's partner is Blake Mycoskie, a losing contestant from CBS's The Amazing Race. Mycoskie persuaded the show's winners - and some from other reality fests - to chip in more than half a million bucks as seed funding. The surreality doesn't stop there: Namer and Mycoskie are taping every step of the launch saga so that it can be turned into, yes, a reality TV show. The partners insist their network will not only have staying power, but also will play an important role in the unwiring of conventional media, powered by cheaper, faster digital tools that have the potential to make anyone a programmer, a star, and a producer.Buy the hard copy, Read the interview online, Discuss
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