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Consumer Citizen As a Media Project : Dreaming the Reality - by Olena Prykhodko (Paperback)

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The author argues that reality television is more than just entertainment, contending that it reveals aspects of contemporary politics, culture, and social issues, as the media both constructs and reflects the world. She focuses on the idea of consumer citizenship and what reality shows teach about being a citizen and how ordinary people’s interests and wishes can be evoked in them to act on the transforming self, while analyzing the German television show Deutschland sucht den Superstar (Germany seeks a Superstar) as a reflection of contemporary social and political issues in the country. She considers how reality casting shows like this one portray the idea of consumer citizenship and in what other social discourses it is embedded, contending that the consumer citizenship in the show discourse reconnects with the idea of turning one’s self into a resource and product for sale. She illustrates how the show constructs its applicants according to social and cultural norms that regulate recognition and integration into the community, focusing on discursive accounts of the technologies of formation of the consumer citizen and the process of shaping the discourse on consumer citizenship, namely how emotions, self-technologies, norms, normalcy, and values emerge and are used in the show, including the role of gender, class, and ethnicity. She outlines the technologies used in the show to convey what a “good” citizen is and how to become one; types of representation and performativities in the show to create a discourse on consumer citizenship and democratic show processing; how different social discourses occur and how practices become effective in the production of a consumer citizen, as well as the role of candidates’ narrations of self in the show; how the participants construct self-images under specific media conditions; and the social model of success and its importance to the recognition of the consumer citizen. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
Number of Pages: 434
Genre: Social Science
Series Title: Kulturwissenschaft / Cultural Studies / Estudios Culturales / Etudes Culturelles
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Paul & Co Pub Consortium
Author: Olena Prykhodko
Language: English
Street Date: August 20, 2017
TCIN: 51839692
UPC: 9783643908346
Item Number (DPCI): 248-35-5779
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