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From the Publisher“Reality TV manages to cover a range of ideas and concepts about the genre . . . All watchers of reality TV—even those ashamed to admit it—would benefit from reading this text, if only to shake some of the preconceived ideas about the influence of Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie’s The Simple Life”
"The book explores the genre's institutional and sociopolitical development, its place in the cultural landscape, and how it serves as a source of meaning and pleasure."
"Since reality television began to flood TV screens, we've had to deal with another phenomenon: a renewed debate about what is 'fun' versus what is 'good for you.' The essays in this volume enlighten that discussion and take us beyond it. They provide both the record of a strange moment in history and a contribution to contemporary cultural politics."
-Toby Miller,editor of Television & New Media
"Offers the most insightful and significant scholarly analysis to date of the changes taking place in the economic "globalization" of television production. A delight to read, laced with wit and humor."