Big Brother International: Format, Critics and Publics

Overview

Since its inception, Big Brother has been versioned in over thirty countries and reached an estimated audience of over two billion. The first of its kind, this book includes essays from international contributors that integrate the academic disciplines of cinema studies, sociology, cultural and critical studies. Additionally, it considers the reception and impact of the series, and how different regions adopt the format to suit local cultural concerns and achieve commercial success. The book functions not only as...

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Overview

Since its inception, Big Brother has been versioned in over thirty countries and reached an estimated audience of over two billion. The first of its kind, this book includes essays from international contributors that integrate the academic disciplines of cinema studies, sociology, cultural and critical studies. Additionally, it considers the reception and impact of the series, and how different regions adopt the format to suit local cultural concerns and achieve commercial success. The book functions not only as a discussion of one single television program but also as a reflection on the medium's history and future, and its impact on popular culture. It is useful for students, scholars, people involved in the planning and production of television formats, and everyone interested in the function of contemporary television in society.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781904764182
  • Publisher: Wallflower Press
  • Publication date: 5/4/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Janet Jones is lecturer at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. Ernest Mathijs is lecturer in film studies at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, and co-editor of Alternative Europe and The Cinema of the Low Countries (both Wallflower Press, 2004).

Wallflower Press

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Table of Contents

Introduction : Big brother international 1
Big brother and its moral guardians : reappraising the role of intellectuals in the Big brother panic 9
Desire and resistance : Big brother in the Dutch public sphere 16
Watching Big brother UK 25
Who is the fairest of them all? : gendered readings of Big brother UK 40
What viewer? : notions of 'the audience' in the reception of Big brother Belgium 62
Debating Big brother Belgium : framing popular media culture 77
Big brother as television text : frames of interpretation and reception in Germany 93
Loft story : Big brother France and the migration of genres 105
Fight, love and tears : an analysis of the reception of Big brother in Latin America 123
Media monkeys : intertextuality, fandom and Big brother Turkey 140
Grande Fratello : interactions between tension and obscenity in Big brother Italy 151
Big brother South Africa : a popular form of cultural expression 168
Watching Big brother at work : a production study of Big brother Australia 181
Jamming Big brother USA : Webcasting, audience intervention and narrative activism 194
Emerging platform identities : Big brother UK and interactive multi-platform usage 210
It's only a game show : Big brother and the theatre of spontaneity 232
Epilogue - : in front of our eyes : notes on Big brother 250
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