|"Duck Dynasty" cast members|
"Some of these programs aim no higher than pure 'let’s laugh at the white trash' hixploitation," Von Doviak writes. He calls "Duck Dynasty" a manufactured "reality show with contrived setups and one-liners that often come off as scripted and rehearsed," but said that the appeal of these shows is that "they offer a window into a captivating world of colorful characters, rugged individualism, strong family ties, and off-the-grid lifestyles" that can't be found on the major networks and "for rural, working-class viewers, these shows offer the opportunity to see 'people like us' on television."
"While the rural-themed programming of days gone by tended to depict the small Southern town as a bucolic haven for good-hearted folk, redneck reality is more apt to acknowledge the social and economic ills of the subcultures it depicts," Von Doviak writes. "Still, the ratings are a pretty clear indication that redneck reality is filling a need that isn’t being met elsewhere." (Read more)