This week in Time, James Poniewozik had an article titled Lighter Than Arrogance. Below is a quote from that article that I think pretty much sums it up:
"Modern media did not invent greed, eccentricity or lust for attention. What they did is monetize them. There have long been odd families and obscure men pursuing bizarre theories and cobbling together flying machines in their backyards. But only in the reality-TV era has unstable behavior become a valid career choice. Only now are questionable parenting decisions the stuff of a lucrative family business."