It's also quite possible that MTV produced neither "Jersey Shore" nor "Buckwild" with life's lessons in mind.
"It should be fascinating (and) probably occasionally offensive," says Robert Thompson of the Bleier Center for Television and Popular Culture at Syracuse University, "and, with the success of 'Honey Boo Boo,' probably inevitable."
Naturally, West Virginians are fretting about how our state will be portrayed.
Will the cast be viewed as just a bunch of fun-loving friends embracing a carefree life?
Or will they look and sound like ignorant hillbillies, advancing the stereotype that West Virginians abhor?
It's bothersome that people find this sort of thing entertaining, but as long as they do, there will be people willing to make asses of themselves for the sake of notoriety.
Perhaps the rest of us should try to not take it so personally.
And while I flipped past "Jersey Shore," I may have to watch at least an episode or two of "Buckwild" just to see what the dustup is about.
Hey, whatever happens, happens.
Kercheval is host of TalkLine, broadcast by the MetroNews Statewide Radio Network from 10 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. The show can be heard locally on WCHS 580 AM.