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The Apprentice. Project Runway. The Bachelor. My Life on the D-list. Extreme Makeover. American Idol. It is virtually impossible to turn on a television without coming across some sort of reality programming. Yet, while this genre has rapidly moved from the fringes of television culture to its lucrative core, critical attention has not kept pace.
"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."
Praise for the Second Edition:
"Provides both the record of a strange moment in history and a contribution to contemporary cultural politics. This second, revised edition brings the story right up to the present with a compelling blend of the ancient and the modern."
Susan Murray is Associate Professor of Media, Culture and Communication at New York University. She is the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars: Early Television and Broadcast Stardom.
Laurie Ouellette is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin-Cities. She is author (with James Hay) of Better Living through Reality TV and of Viewers Like You? How Public TV Failed the People.