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Better Living Through Reality TV Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship

ISBN-10: 1405134410
ISBN-13: 9781405134415
Edition: 2007
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Book details

List price: $43.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/29/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.374
Language: English

Combining cutting-edge theories of culture and government with programming examples-including Todd TV, Survivor, and American Idol-Better Living through Reality TV moves beyond the established concerns of political economy and cultural studies to conceptualize television's evolving role in the contemporary period. A major textbook on the impact of reality and lifestyle television on today's programming, and on broader social, cultural and political trends Draws on a range of examples from The Apprentice and American Idol to Extreme Makeover and Wife Swap Argues that reality television teaches viewers to monitor, motivate, improve, transform and protect themselves in the name of freedom, enterprise, and personal responsibility

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.

List of Illustrations
Introduction
Charity TV: Privatizing Care, Mobilizing Compassion
TV Interventions: Personal Responsibility and Techniques of the Self
Makeover TV: Labors of Reinvention
TV and the Self-Defensive Citizen
TV's Constitutions of Citizenship
Playing TV's Democracy Game
Notes
Index

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