Combining cutting-edge theories of culture and government with programming examplesaincluding Todd TV, Survivor, and American IdolaBetter 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 todayas 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 responsibilityWhether it is learning to succeed in business, navigating the rough waters of romance, managing our health or wallets, or perfecting the profile of our faces, reality television dispenses a powerful prescription for ways to live and conduct ...
|Title||:||Better Living through Reality TV|
|Author||:||Laurie Ouellette, James Hay|
|Publisher||:||Wiley-Blackwell - 2008-01-29|