Understanding Reality Television / Edition 1

Understanding Reality Television / Edition 1

by Su Holmes
     
 

'Popular Factual Programming' has rapidly come to occupy a place at the forefront of contemporary television culture on an international scale. Tracing the history of reality TV from Candid Camera to The Osbournes, Understanding Reality Television examines a range of programmes which claim to depict 'real life', from reality formatted game shows to

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'Popular Factual Programming' has rapidly come to occupy a place at the forefront of contemporary television culture on an international scale. Tracing the history of reality TV from Candid Camera to The Osbournes, Understanding Reality Television examines a range of programmes which claim to depict 'real life', from reality formatted game shows to 'real crime' programming and make-over TV. Contributors discuss the phenonenon of reality TV in the context of the debates it has introduced to our social, cultural and televisual agendas, such as the construction of celebrity, fandom, surveillance and the politics of representation.

Product Details

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

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
Introduction: understanding Reality TV1
1Candid Camera and the origins of Reality TV: contextualising a historical precedent33
2From Ozzie Nelson to Ozzy Osbourne: the genesis and development of the Reality (star) sitcom54
3'This is about real people!": video technologies, actuality and affect in the television crime appeal71
4Reality TV, troublesome pictures and panics: reappraising the public controversy around Reality TV in Europe91
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 Brother111
6Temporalities of the real: conceptualising time in Reality TV136
7In search of community on Reality TV: America's Most Wanted and Survivor154
8'The New You': class and transformation in lifestyle television173
9Socially soothing stories? Gender, race and class in TLC's A Wedding Story and A Baby Story191
10The household, the basement and The Real World: gay identity in the constructed reality environment211
11'It isn't always Shakespeare, but it's genuine': cinema's commentary on documentary hybrids233
12Big Brother: reconfiguring the 'active' audience of cultural studies?252
13'Jump in the pool': the competitive culture of Survivor fan networks270
14Afterword: framing the new290
Index300

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