"a delusion afflicting people who are convinced that their lives are secretly playing out on a reality TV show."→
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make me think it's just a new way for mentally ill folks to interpret paranoid feelings. In the 1950s they might have thought there was a camera in the TV set, or at some other time that the government had planted a "chip" in them that was tracking their movements.
But still, it's always fascinating (though sad) to me to see how mental illness incorporates features from a person's environment.