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Description - Better Living through Reality TV by James Hay

From The Apprentice to Extreme Makeover, reality television has transformed network and cable television. Whether it is learning to succeed in business, navigating the rough waters of romance, managing our health or wallets, or perfecting the profile of our faces, reality television dispenses a powerful prescription for ways to live and conduct ourselves as "neo-liberal" citizen-subjects, who increasingly are expected to take responsibility for our own welfare in the aftermath of the "Great Society." Better Living through Reality TV asserts that reality television is a cultural technology through which we have come to monitor, motivate, improve, transform, and protect ourselves in the name of freedom, enterprise, and personal responsibility. Combining 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781405134408
ISBN-10: 1405134402
Format: Hardback
(244mm x 166mm x 20mm)
Pages: 264
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

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Author Biography - James Hay

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.

Books By James Hay

Better Living through Reality TV by James Hay
Paperback, January 2008
Audience And Its Landscape by James Hay
Paperback, June 1996