Realism and Revelation
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Reality TV by Anita Biressi
Book DescriptionReality television has little to do with reality and everything to do with television form and content. Reality Television takes the Reality TV phenomenon to be a significant movement within documentary and factual programming. This book analyses new and hybrid genres including observational documentaries, talk shows, game shows, docu-soaps, dramatic reconstructions, law and order programming and 24/7 formats such as Big Brother and Survivor. These programmes are both popular with audiences and heavily debated in the media; they are at the centre of heated discussions about tabloidisation, media ethics, voyeurism and the representation of the real. Through detailed case studies this book breaks new ground by linking together two major themes: the production of realism and its relationship to revelation. It addresses 'truth' telling, confession and the production of knowledges about the self and its place in the world within forms that produce new configurations of social and media space.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781904764045
(254mm x 178mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Wallflower Press
Publisher: Wallflower Press
Publish Date: 1-Jun-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Anita Biressi
Class and Contemporary British Culture, Paperback (April 2013)
How does culture articulate, frame, organise and produce stories about social class and class difference? What do these stories tell us about contemporary models of success, failure, struggle and aspiration? Drawing on examples from the 1980s to the present day, this book investigates the changing landscape of class in Britain.
Tabloid Culture Reader, Paperback (December 2007)
Provides an introduction to the historical and contemporary debates about the values, ethics and pleasures of tabloid news, entertainment and culture. This book addresses definitions and debates, values and ethics, carnival and excess, celebrity, gender and sexuality, production and the audience.
Crime, Fear and the Law in True Crime Stories, Hardback (June 2001)» View all books by Anita Biressi
Why do true crime stories exert such popular fascination? What do they have to say about the fear of crime in the present moment? This book examines the historical origins and development of true crime and its evolution into distinctive contemporary forms.
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Author Biography - Anita Biressi
Anita Biressi is Senior Lecturer in Cultural and Media Studies at University of Surrey Roehampton. She is the author of Crime, Fear and the Law in True Crime Stories (2001). Heather Nunn is Senior Lecturer in Cultural Studies at University of Surrey Roehampton. She is the author of Thatcher, Politics and Fantasy: The Political Culture of Gender and Nation (2002).
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