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Better Living Through Reality Tv: Television And Post-Welfar...
Better Living Through Reality Tv: Television And Post-Welfare Citizenship
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Author : James Hay Laurie Ouellette
Publisher : Oxford University Press
ISBN# : 9781405134415
Pages : 264
Price :INR 3109
Offer Price:INR 2767
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Book Description

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 televisions evolving role in the contemporary period.A major textbook on the impact of reality and lifestyle television on todays 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 From The Apprentice to Extreme Makeover, reality television has transformed network and cable television. Better Living Through Television asserts that reality television is the last, best, and most definitive cultural technology: through it individuals can monitor, motivate, improve, transform, and protect themselves in the name of freedom, enterprise, and personal responsibility. Whether its 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 holds forth a powerful prescription for ways to live, invent, manage, and conduct oneself.Better Living Through Television situates reality and lifestyle television within the broader social, cultural, and political trends sweeping the world over-from privatization, economic deregulation, and welfare reform, to self-regulation and changing perceptions of the ""public good."" Combining cutting edge cultural theory with a dazzling array of examples from shows such as American Idol, What Not to Wear, and Wife Swap, Better Living Through Television demonstrates the evolving role of television today.


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