Reality TV: Factual Entertainment and Television Audiences

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Overview

"Reality TV restores a crucial, and often absent, element to the critical debate about reality television: the voices of people who watch reality programmes." The book draws 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, from Animal Hospital to Big Brother. The book also examines how audiences can learn from watching reality programmes, and how viewers think and talk about the ethics of reality TV.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415261517
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/10/2005
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Annette Hill is a Reader in Communication at the University of Westminster. She is the author of Shocking Entertainment: Viewer Responses to Violent Movies (John Libbey, 1997) co-author of TV Living: Television, Culture and Everyday Life (Routledge, 1999) and co-editor of The Television Studies Reader (Routledge, 2003)

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Table of Contents

1 Understanding reality TV 1
2 The rise of reality TV 14
3 The reality genre 41
4 Performance and authenticity 57
5 The idea of learning 79
6 Ethics of care 108
7 Pet deaths 135
8 Story of change 170
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