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Reality TV : The Work of Being Watched - Mark Andrejevic

Reality TV

The Work of Being Watched

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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.

Between the new medium and the old; the promise of the digital revolution; the rehabilitation of Big Brother; the Webcam subculture; 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.

ISBN: 9780585482903
ISBN-10: 058548290X
Format: ePUB
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17th July 2013