Reality TV The Work of Being Watched

ISBN-10: 0742527484
ISBN-13: 9780742527485
Edition: 2003
Authors: Mark Andrejevic
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Description: Drawing on cultural theory and interviews with fans, cast members, and producers, this book places the reality TV trend within a broader social context, tracing its relationship to the development of a digitally enhanced, surveillance-based  More...

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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/7/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.726
Language: English

Drawing on cultural theory and interviews with fans, cast members, and producers, this book places the reality TV trend within a broader social context, tracing its relationship to the development of a digitally enhanced, surveillance-based interactive economy and to a savvy mistrust of mediated reality in general. Surveying several successful reality-TV formats, the book links the rehabilitation of Big Brother to the increasingly important economic role played by the work of being watched. The author enlists critical social theory to examine how the appeal of the real is deployed as a pervasive but false promise of democratization.

Acknowledgments
Between the New Medium and the Old
The Promise of the Digital Revolution
Rediscovering Reality
The Kinder, Gentler Gaze of Big Brother
Access to the Real
It's All about the Experience
Reality TV and Voyeurism
Survivor and Uncanny Capitalism
Bibliography
Index
About the Author

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