Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture / Edition 2

Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture / Edition 2

by Susan Murray
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814757332

ISBN-13: 9780814757338

Pub. Date: 12/01/2008

Publisher: New York University Press

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.

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814757338
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction Laurie Ouellette Susan Murray 1

Part I Genre

1 "Stanley Milgram, Allen Funt and Me": Postwar Social Science and the "First Wave" of Reality TV Anna McCarthy 23

2 Performing the Real: Documentary Diversions (with Afterword) John Corner 44

3 "I Think We Need a New Name for It": The Meeting of Documentary and Reality TV Susan Murray 65

4 Teaching Us to Fake It: The Ritualized Norms of Television's "Reality" Games Nick Couldry 82

5 Extraordinarily Ordinary: The Osbournes as "An American Family" Derek Kompare 100

Part II Industry

6 The Political Economic Origins of Reali-TV Chad Raphael 123

7 Television 2.0: The Business of American Television in Transition Ted Magder 141

8 Hoaxing the "Real": On the Metanarrative of Reality Television Alison Hearn 165

9 Global TV Realities: International Markets, Geopolitics, and the Transcultural Contexts of Reality TV John McMurria 179

Part III Culture and Power

10 Country Hicks and Urban Cliques: Mediating Race, Reality, and Liberalism on MTV's The Real World Jon Kraszewski 205

11 "Take Responsibility for Yourself": Judge Judy and the Neoliberal Citizen Laurie Ouellette 223

12 Belabored Reality: Making It Work on The Simple Life and Project Runway Heather Hendershot 243

13 Cinderella Burps: Gender, Performativity, and the Dating Show Jonathan Gray 260

14 The Comedic Treatment of Reality: Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Fat Actress, and the Comeback Heather Osborne-Thompson 278

Part IV Interactivity

15 Melancholy, Merit, and Merchandise: The Postwar Audience Participation Show Amber Watts 301

16 Visceral Literacy:Reality TV, Savvy Viewers, and Auto-Spies Mark Andrejevic 321

17 Buying into American Idol: How We Are Being Sold on Reality Television Henry Jenkins 343

About the Contributors 363

Index 367

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