Better Living through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship / Edition 1

Better Living through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship / Edition 1

by Laurie Ouellette, James Hay
     
 

From The Apprentice to Extreme Makeover, reality television has transformed network and cable television. Whether it is learning to succeed in business, navigating the rough waters of romance, managing our health or wallets, or perfecting the profile of our faces, reality television dispenses a powerful prescription for ways to live and conduct

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Overview

From The Apprentice to Extreme Makeover, reality television has transformed network and cable television. Whether it is learning to succeed in business, navigating the rough waters of romance, managing our health or wallets, or perfecting the profile of our faces, reality television dispenses a powerful prescription for ways to live and conduct ourselves as “neo-liberal” citizen-subjects, who increasingly are expected to take responsibility for our own welfare in the aftermath of the “Great Society.”

Better Living through Reality TV asserts that reality television is a cultural technology through which we have come to monitor, motivate, improve, transform, and protect ourselves in the name of freedom, enterprise, and personal responsibility. Combining cutting-edge theories of culture and government with programming examples—including Todd TV, Survivor, and American IdolBetter Living through Reality TV moves beyond the established concerns of political economy and cultural studies to conceptualize television's evolving role in the contemporary period.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781405134408
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
02/12/2008
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.72(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

Introduction.

1. Charity TV: Privatizing Care, Mobilizing Compassion.

2. TV Interventions: Personal Responsibility and Techniques of the Self.

3 Makeover TV: Labors of Reinvention.

4. TV and the Self-Defensive Citizen.

5. TV's Constitutions of Citizenship.

6. Playing TV's Democracy Game.

Notes.

Index.

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