Better Living Through Reality TV
Television and Post-welfare Citizenship
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Better Living Through Reality TV by Laurie Ouellette
Book DescriptionCombining cutting-edge theories of culture and government with programming examples-including Todd TV, Survivor, and American Idol-Better 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 today's 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 responsibility
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781405134415
(230mm x 159mm x 13mm)
Imprint: Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 8-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Laurie Ouellette
Companion to Reality Television, Hardback (January 2014)
International in scope and more comprehensive than existing collections, A Companion to Reality Television presents a complete guide to the study of reality, factual and nonfiction television entertainment, encompassing a wide range of formats and incorporating cutting-edge work in critical, social and political theory.
Media Studies Reader, Hardback (August 2012)
An anthology that addresses the topics, debates and theoretical perspectives associated with the interdisciplinary field of media studies. Emphasizing critical and cultural approaches, it provides a survey of the major sub-areas of Media Studies including: media and power, media technologies, media institutions, and advertising and commercialism.
Reality TV, Paperback (December 2008)» View all books by Laurie Ouellette
Addresses the economic, visual, cultural, audience, and new media dimensions of reality television
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Author Biography - Laurie Ouellette
Laurie Ouellette is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at the University of Minnesota. She is co-editor of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture and author of Viewers Like You? How Public TV Failed the People. James Hay is an Associate Professor in the College of Communication at the University of Illinois--Champaign-Urbana. He is a co-editor of The Audience and Its Landscape.
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