Reality TV

Reality TV

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Drawing on cultural theory and interviews with fans, cast members and producers, this book places the reality TV trend within a broader social context, tracing its relationship to the development of a digitally enhanced, surveillance-based interactive economy and to a savvy mistrust of mediated reality in general. Surveying several successful reality TV formats, the book links the rehabilitation of 'Big Brother' to the increasingly important economic role played by the work of being watched. The author enlists critical social theory to examine how the appeal of 'the real' is deployed as a pervasive but false promise of democratization.The question itself demonstrates the short-circuit between the imaginary and the Real resulting from the decline of the ... claustrophobic and complacent adequacy of the contrivance of reality served up to viewers by both television and theanbsp;...

Title:Reality TV
Author:Mark Andrejevic
Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield Publishers - 2004-09-08


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