I’m not a fan of the Kardashians, but I acknowledge Kris’ business acumen. She is– correct me if I’m mistaken– a self-taught businesswoman. That someone with no formal training in business management has built such an empire is impressive. Yes, she knows what sells. Sex is lucrative, as are weddings, childbirths, emotional turmoils, divorces, etc… She also knows how to engender profit from the above-noted. Got to give it to her. I don’t relate to her family members, but I admit that hers is a tight-knit family. Her children solicit her advice and enlist her help in matters professional and interpersonal. They spend A LOT of time together. That’s good. I don’t in the slightest identify with her children– I favor natural beauty over plastic surgery and cosmetic products, and I favor a clear, resounding voice over baby-voiced prattle– but it must be noted that her children aren’t shooting up or crashing cars or whatnot. Oh, they have a ton of faults: a penchant for conspicuous consumption, cosmetic enhancement, attention, artifice, and dim-witted exchanges among many other unsavory things. But it is clear that they love each other and provide support for each other. I firmly believe the show is scripted– Todd Waterman made a well-timed appearance, didn’t he? That said, Kris knows the audience. She knows there are people who lap up contrived stories such as that one, and she gives it to them. Good for her. I mean, really. When it comes to managing and marketing and networking, she’s no joke.