Survivor Lessons / Edition 1

Survivor Lessons / Edition 1

by Smith, Matthew J. / Wood, Andrew F. (Eds.) Smith, Matthew J. / Wood, Andrew F. (Eds.)
     
 

Researchers from the fields of communications, sociology, political science, and psychology evaluate the "reality" television program "Survivor" and its spin-offs, focusing on what takes places within the text of such programs and how they reflect on or affect the larger culture in which they take place. Topics include reality television's relationship with cultural… See more details below

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Researchers from the fields of communications, sociology, political science, and psychology evaluate the "reality" television program "Survivor" and its spin-offs, focusing on what takes places within the text of such programs and how they reflect on or affect the larger culture in which they take place. Topics include reality television's relationship with cultural identity, publicity rights, history, decision-making strategies, political rationality, office politics, and primitivism. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900786416683
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
01/28/2003
Edition description:
New Edition

Table of Contents

Introduction: Culture, Communication, and Community Revealed in and through Reality Television1
1Individual and Cultural Identity in the World of Reality Television11
2Contrived Television Reality: Survivor as a Pseudo-event27
3Who Owns Your Personality: Reality Television and Publicity Rights37
4From Dragnet to Survivor: Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Reality Television57
5Reel Life: The Social Geometry of Reality Shows73
6The Nonverbal Communication of Trustworthiness: A Necessary Survivor Skill97
7Metaphors of Survival: A Textual Analysis of the Decision-Making Strategies of the Survivor Contestants111
8Survivor, Social Choice, and the Impediments to Political Rationality: Reality TV as Social Science Experiment132
9Mutual Metaphors of Survivor and Office Politics: Images of Work in Popular Survivor Criticism153
10Self-Help for Savages: The "Other" Survivor, Primitivism, and the Construction of American Identity182
11The Communication Ethics of Survivor199
12Traveling the Terrain of Screened Realities: Our Reality, Our Television213
Contributors225
Index229

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