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Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched / Edition 1
     

Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched / Edition 1

by Mark Andrejevic
 

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ISBN-10: 0742527484

ISBN-13: 9780742527485

Pub. Date: 10/07/2003

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.

Drawing on cultural theory and interviews with fans, cast members and producers, this book places the reality TV trend within a broader social context, tracing its relationship to the development of a digitally enhanced, surveillance-based interactive economy and to a savvy mistrust of mediated reality in general. Surveying several successful reality TV formats,

Overview

Drawing on cultural theory and interviews with fans, cast members and producers, this book places the reality TV trend within a broader social context, tracing its relationship to the development of a digitally enhanced, surveillance-based interactive economy and to a savvy mistrust of mediated reality in general. Surveying several successful reality TV formats, the book links the rehabilitation of 'Big Brother' to the increasingly important economic role played by the work of being watched. The author enlists critical social theory to examine how the appeal of 'the real' is deployed as a pervasive but false promise of democratization.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780742527485
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/07/2003
Series:
Critical Media Studies: Institutions, Politics, and Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.77(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 1 Between the New Medium and the Old Chapter 2 2 The Promise of the Digital Revolution Chapter 3 3 Rediscovering Reality Chapter 5 4 The Kinder, Gentler Gaze of Big Brother Chapter 6 5 Access to the Real Chapter 7 6 It's All About the Experience Chapter 8 7 Reality TV and Voyeurism Chapter 9 8 Survivor and Uncanny Capitalism Chapter 10 Bibliography

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