Former reality television star, Jacob Roloff, reveals in his latest book why he didn't renew his Little People Big World contract when he turned 18.
His book, Out To See, was released on May 29th, and is already sold out on his website, but can still be purchased from Amazon and various other outlets.
According to Roloff, the notion of reality television is ridiculous, and he didn't want it to use up all his time, 'lest it leaves too deep an imprint on [his] ability to influence the world otherwise.'
He didn't want Little People Big World to shape or even become his identity and refused to renew his contract with the network. He also believes that reality TV has turned his family 'into characters.'
'The entire concept of reality TV is strange because, as a viewer, you are subscribing to a particular illusion — that you are witnessing and being let in on the secrets of the subjects' lives.'
Jacob Roloff, Out To See.
He fears that characters shown on reality television shows are depicted as shallow, and only follow the mold of what viewers want to the see, and what the network wants to portray.
Identities are 'sculpted specifically to entice and convince' viewers to keep watching, to keep the networks in business at the expense of individuality.