Reality TV Remaking Television Culture

ISBN-10: 0814757340

ISBN-13: 9780814757345

Edition: 2nd 2008

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Description: Praise for the First Edition: Offers the most insightful and significant scholarly analysis to date of the changes taking place in the economic globalization of television production. A delight to read, laced with wit and humor. --Choice Praise for the Second Edition: Provides both the record of a strange moment in history and a contribution to contemporary cultural politics. This second, revised edition brings the story right up to the present with a compelling blend of the ancient and the modern. --Toby Miller, editor of Television & New Media 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. Beginning by unearthing its historical roots in early reality shows like Candid Camera and wending its way through An American Family and The Real World to the most recent crop of reality programs, Reality TV, now updated with eight new essays, is one of the first books to address the economic, visual, cultural, audience, and new media dimensions of reality television and has become the standard in the field. The essays provide a complex and comprehensive picture of how and why this genre emerged, what it means, how it differs from earlier television programming, and how it engages societies, industries, and individuals. Topics range from the blending of fact and fiction, to the uses of viewer labor and interactivity, to issues of surveillance, gender performativity, hyper-commercialism, and generic parody. By spanning reality televisions origins in the late 1940s to its current overwhelming popularity, Reality TV demonstrates both the tenacity of the format and its enduring ability to speak to our changing political and social desires and anxieties.

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: New York University Press
Publication date: 12/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

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. She is co-editor of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture and author of Viewers Like You? How Public TV Failed the People.James Hay is an Associate Professor in the College of Communication at the University of Illinois--Champaign-Urbana. He is a co-editor of The Audience and Its Landscape.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Genre
"Stanley Milgram, Allen Funt and Me": Postwar Social Science and the "First Wave" of Reality TV
Performing the Real: Documentary Diversions (with Afterword)
"I Think We Need a New Name for It": The Meeting of Documentary and Reality TV
Teaching Us to Fake It: The Ritualized Norms of Television's "Reality" Games
Extraordinarily Ordinary: The Osbournes as "An American Family"
Industry
The Political Economic Origins of Reali-TV
Television 2.0: The Business of American Television in Transition
Hoaxing the "Real": On the Metanarrative of Reality Television
Global TV Realities: International Markets, Geopolitics, and the Transcultural Contexts of Reality TV
Culture and Power
Country Hicks and Urban Cliques: Mediating Race, Reality, and Liberalism on MTV's The Real World
"Take Responsibility for Yourself": Judge Judy and the Neoliberal Citizen
Belabored Reality: Making It Work on The Simple Life and Project Runway
Cinderella Burps: Gender, Performativity, and the Dating Show
The Comedic Treatment of Reality: Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Fat Actress, and the Comeback
Interactivity
Melancholy, Merit, and Merchandise: The Postwar Audience Participation Show
Visceral Literacy: Reality TV, Savvy Viewers, and Auto-Spies
Buying into American Idol: How We Are Being Sold on Reality Television
About the Contributors
Index
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