Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture / Edition 2

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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.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814757338
  • Publisher: New York University Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents



Laurie Ouellette and Susan Murray

Part I Genre

  1. 1 “Stanley Milgram, Allen Funt and Me”

    Anna McCarthy

  2. 2 Performing the Real: Documentary Diversions (with Afterword)

    John Corner

  3. 3 “I Think We Need a New Name for It”

    Susan Murray

  4. 4 Teaching Us to Fake It

    Nick Couldry

  5. 5 Extraordinarily Ordinary

    Derek Kompare

Part II Industry

6 The Political Economic Origins of Reali-TV

Chad Raphael

  1. 7 Television 2.0

    Ted Magder

  2. 8 Hoaxing the “Real”

    Alison Hearn

  3. 9 Global TV Realities

    John McMurria

Part III Culture and Power

  1. 10 Country Hicks and Urban Cliques

    Jon Kraszewski

  2. 11 “Take Responsibility for Yourself”

    Laurie Ouellette

  3. 12 Belabored Reality

    Heather Hendershot

  4. 13 Cinderella Burps

    Jonathan Gray

  5. 14 The Comedic Treatment of Reality: Kathy Griffin

    Heather Osborne-Thompson

Part IV Interactivity

  1. 15 Melancholy, Merit, and Merchandise

    Amber Watts

  2. 16 Visceral Literacy

    Mark Andrejevic

17 Buying into American Idol

Henry Jenkins

About the Contributors


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