I was watching The Real World this week, and had a mind-blowing revelation. They haven't changed the tagline since the show aired in 1992 (either that or they've come back around to it because now it has retro charm):
This is the true story
of seven strangers
picked to live in a house
and have their lives taped
Find out what happens
when people stop being polite
and start getting real
"Stop being polite and start getting real"?* Let's diagram it:
Real = not polite
Not polite = rude
Thus, Rude = Real
I only just realized that The Real World may have originated the false dichotomy that has turned society* into a bunch of assholes.
*Also weird because nobody has started off by being polite on that show since Season 1--now they get to the house, strip naked and get in the hot tub, and introduce themselves to the other roommates with racial epithets.
**By "society" I mean "the people who are cast in reality TV shows."