So I didn't!
Laurie Ouellette and James Hay, in their chapter "Playing TV's Democracy Game," outline the intricate potentialization of "good" citizenship in voting-based programs such as American Idol. Their concern is less whether the democratic processes in these shows are culturally good or bad, per se, but more how these shows harness those processes in order to engage viewers. Producers of these reality shows "tap into" a cultural deference for democratic notions (via the show's voting apparatus) that are an integral component of the viewer's perception of their own duties as citizens.
I would argue--and I do not think Ouellette and Hay would necessarily disagree--that democratic notions are simply one aspect of "good citizenship" that reality television producers construct shows around. ABC's short-lived reality show The Mole (2001-2004) is one such example. On that show, ten strangers compete as a group to complete Missions that are assigned a cash prize. If the group completes the Mission, that cash goes into the "jackpot," but if they fail they lose that money. However, one of the contestants is a Mole, and is tasked with preventing the other contestants from completing these Missions. Any money lost from a successful Mole sabotage would go into the Mole's "pot." At the end of each episode, contestants take a quiz on the possibly identity of the Mole; the person who scores the lowest is eliminated. When three contestants remain (the Mole is always one of the final three), each person takes a final quiz. The contestant who scores the best wins whatever earnings the group earned from the Missions. Producers often stated throughout the show that "clues" were buried into the episodes; viewers were also invited to take each episode's quiz online to see if they could correctly guess the Mole's identity. Here, the producers distill Cold War-paranoia that today manifests in xenophobic rhetoric about the amorality of illegal immigrants who walk among our communities.
Although I cited an example of "good" citizenship that can also do our country considerable harm, I do not view reality television with nearly as much antipathy as, say, Anna McCarthy does in her article. I think there are also positive cultural precepts that are engaged through reality programming such as Survivor, The Amazing Race, and American Idol (pre-Jennifer Lopez). I would argue that reality television is not in and of itself culturally detrimental, and its effects are as nuanced as any other television genre.