Understanding Reality Television / Edition 1

Understanding Reality Television / Edition 1

by Su Holmes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415317959

ISBN-13: 9780415317955

Pub. Date: 02/23/2004

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

"Popular factual programming" has rapidly come to occupy a place at the forefront of contemporary television culture on an international scale. This collection responds to this shift by analyzing the terrain of "Reality TV"-its range of economic, technological and cultural implications for our understanding of "television" as both an object of study and a

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Overview

"Popular factual programming" has rapidly come to occupy a place at the forefront of contemporary television culture on an international scale. This collection responds to this shift by analyzing the terrain of "Reality TV"-its range of economic, technological and cultural implications for our understanding of "television" as both an object of study and a contemporary cultural form. Recognizing how definitions of Reality TV are contentious, the collection examines a range of programs which claim a privileged relation to "the real," from: Candid Camera, Big Brother, Survivor, The Osbournes, The Real World and A Wedding Story, to the spheres of "real crime" programming and make-over TV. Adopting an interdisciplinary focus, these essays cover Reality TV in its myriad forms, examining historical precedents, the international nature of its circulation and consumption, and exploring the key debates which Reality TV has put on our social, cultural and televisual agendas. Topics covered include surveillance, the construction of celebrity, temporality in Reality TV, the politics of representation (with case studies considering the construction of community, women, gay identity and "class"), audience responses and fandom.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415317955
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/23/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
821,860
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.66(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Su Holmes and Deborah Jermyn
1. Candid Camera and the Origins of Reality TV: Contextualizing a Historical Precedent: Bradley D. Clissold
2. From Ozzie Nelson to Ozzy Osbourne: The Genesis and Development of the Reality (star) Sitcom: Jennifer Gillan
3. "This Is About Real People!": Video Technologies, Actuality and Affect in the Television Crime Appeal: Deborah Jermyn
4. Reality TV, Troublesome Pictures and Panics: Reappraising the Public Controversy Around Reality TV in Europe: Daniel Bilteryest
5. "All You've Got to Worry About is the Task, Having a Cup of Tea, and Doing a Bit of Sunbathing...": Approaching Celebrity in Big Brother: Su Holmes
6. Temporalities of the Real: Conceptualizing Time in Reality TV: Misha Kavka and Amy West
7. In Search of Community on Reality TV: America's Most Wanted and Survivor: Gray Cavender
8. "The New You": Class and Transformation in Lifestyle Television: Gareth Palmer
9. Gender, Class and Race in TLC's A Wedding Story and A Baby Story: Rebecca L. Stephens
10. The Household, the Basement and The Real World: Gay Identity and the Constructed Reality Environment: Chris Pullen
11. "It Isn't Always Shakespeare But it's Genuine": Cinema's Commentary on Documentary Hybrids: Craig Hight
12. Big Brother: Reconfiguring the "Active" Audience of Cultural Studies?: Estella Tincknell and Pavrati Raghuram
13. "Jump in the Pool": The Competitive Culture of Survivor Fan Networks: Derek Foster
14. Afterword: John Corner

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