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Reality TV : Factual Entertainment and Television Audiences - Annette Hill

Reality TV

Factual Entertainment and Television Audiences

Paperback Published: 11th November 2004
ISBN: 9780415261524
Number Of Pages: 231

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Reality TV restores a crucial, and often absent, element to the critical debate about reality television: the voices of people who watch reality programmes.

From Animal Hospital to Big Brother, Annette Hill argues that much can be learned from listening to audience discussion about this popular and rapidly changing television genre. Viewers' responses to reality TV can provide invaluable information to enhance our understanding of both the reality genre and contemporary television audiences.

Drawing on quantitative and qualitative audience research to understand how viewers categorise the reality genre, and how they judge the performance of ordinary people and the representation of authenticity within different types of reality programmes.

* Do audiences think reality TV is real?
* Can people learn from watching reality TV?
* How critical are viewers of reality TV?

Reality TV argues that audiences are engaged in a critical examination of the development of popular factual television. The book examines how audiences can learn from watching reality programmes, and how viewers think and talk about the ethics of reality TV.

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Understanding reality TVp. 1
The rise of reality TVp. 14
The reality genrep. 41
Performance and authenticityp. 57
The idea of learningp. 79
Ethics of carep. 108
Pet deathsp. 135
Story of changep. 170
Appendicesp. 194
Notesp. 207
Bibliographyp. 214
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ISBN: 9780415261524
ISBN-10: 041526152X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 231
Published: 11th November 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.37 x 17.07  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.37
Edition Number: 1

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