Survivor Lessons: Essays on Communication and Reality Television / Edition 1

Survivor Lessons: Essays on Communication and Reality Television / Edition 1

by Matthew J. Smith
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0786416688

ISBN-13: 9780786416684

Pub. Date: 09/03/2003

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

This collection of scholarly essays examines reality television. The first show, Survivor, inspired a national craze when it aired in the summer of 2000. Ever since, successors and copycats have been on each of the four largest networks. The basics stay the same: put a group of people into situations bound to cause conflict, and watch them squirm.

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Overview

This collection of scholarly essays examines reality television. The first show, Survivor, inspired a national craze when it aired in the summer of 2000. Ever since, successors and copycats have been on each of the four largest networks. The basics stay the same: put a group of people into situations bound to cause conflict, and watch them squirm.

Rather than criticize the series' voyeuristic appeal, this work evaluates what goes on within the text of such shows and how they reflect or affect our larger culture. Contributors include researchers from communications, sociology, political science, and psychology. The contributions cover such topics as reality television's relationships with cultural identity, publicity rights, historical perspectives, trust, decision-making strategies, political rationality, office politics, and primitivism. Each chapter includes a bibliography.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786416684
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
09/03/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
241
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Culture, Communication, and Community Revealed in and through Reality Television1
I.Lessons about Reality
1Individual and Cultural Identity in the World of Reality Television11
2Contrived Television Reality: Survivor as a Pseudo-event27
3Who Owns Your Personality: Reality Television and Publicity Rights37
4From Dragnet to Survivor: Historical and Cultural Perspectives on Reality Television57
II.Lessons about Playing Social Games
5Reel Life: The Social Geometry of Reality Shows73
6The Nonverbal Communication of Trustworthiness: A Necessary Survivor Skill97
7Metaphors of Survival: A Textual Analysis of the Decision-Making Strategies of the Survivor Contestants111
8Survivor, Social Choice, and the Impediments to Political Rationality: Reality TV as Social Science Experiment132
III.Lessons Beyond the Lens
9Mutual Metaphors of Survivor and Office Politics: Images of Work in Popular Survivor Criticism153
10Self-Help for Savages: The "Other" Survivor, Primitivism, and the Construction of American Identity182
11The Communication Ethics of Survivor199
12Traveling the Terrain of Screened Realities: Our Reality, Our Television213
Contributors225
Index229

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