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Bizarre World of Reality Television - by Stuart Lenig (Hardcover)

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From America’s Toddlers and Tiaras to Zambia’s Ready for Marriage, this reference for students and others in media studies and pop culture studies uses the philosophical lens of postmodernism to examine reality TV shows in America and around the world. The introduction gives a historical overview and reviews common themes when analyzing reality TV, discussing related ideas such as surveillance, voyeurism, and evolving audience expectations. Encyclopedia-style entries are grouped in sections according to type of reality show: self-improvement and home makeovers, contests, personal lives of real people, dating, and international reality TV. Each entry gives an overview of the premise of the show, its significance, and its appeal to audiences. Entries are cross-referenced and include suggestions of books and articles for further reading. Each section opens with an essay on topics such as reality programming and the Web, the gamification of American culture, and reality programming on a world stage. The book concludes with an essay on the future of reality TV. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 332
Genre: Performing Arts, Social Science
Sub-Genre: Television / Guides + Reviews, Popular Culture
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Greenwood Pub Group
Author: Stuart Lenig
Language: English
Street Date: October 12, 2017
TCIN: 50267437
UPC: 9781440838545
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-8641
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