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Reality TV restores a crucial, and often absent, element to the critical debate about reality television: the voices of people who watch reality programmes.
From Animal Hospital to Big Brother, Annette Hill argues that much can be learned from listening to audience discussion about this popular and rapidly changing television genre. Viewers' responses to reality TV can provide invaluable information to enhance our understanding of both the reality genre and contemporary television audiences.
Drawing on quantitative and qualitative audience research to understand how viewers categorise the reality genre, and how they judge the performance of ordinary people and the representation of authenticity within different types of reality programmes.
* Do audiences think reality TV is real?
* Can people learn from watching reality TV?
* How critical are viewers of reality TV?
Reality TV argues that audiences are engaged in a critical examination of the development of popular factual television. The book examines how audiences can learn from watching reality programmes, and how viewers think and talk about the ethics of reality TV.
1. Introduction: Reality TV 2. The Rise of Reality TV 3. The Reality Genre 4. Performance and Authenticity 5. The Idea of Learning 6. Ethics of Care 7. Pet Deaths 8. Conclusion: Critical Viewers