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
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1405134410

ISBN-13: 9781405134415

Pub. Date: 01/28/2008

Publisher: Wiley

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.

    Overview

    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.

    • A major textbook on the impact of reality and lifestyle television on today’s programming, and on broader social, cultural and political trends
    • Draws on a range of examples from The Apprentice and American Idol to Extreme Makeover and Wife Swap
    • Argues that reality television teaches viewers to monitor, motivate, improve, transform and protect themselves in the name of freedom, enterprise, and personal responsibility

    Product Details

    ISBN-13:
    9781405134415
    Publisher:
    Wiley
    Publication date:
    01/28/2008
    Edition description:
    New Edition
    Pages:
    264
    Product dimensions:
    6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(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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