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Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched

Social science


by
Mark Andrejevic

Book Details

Format: EPUB

Page count: 272 pages

File size: 693 KB

Protection: DRM

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.

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… (more)

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.

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