9781859845400-1859845401-Shooting People: Adventures in Reality TV

Shooting People: Adventures in Reality TV

ISBN-13: 9781859845400
ISBN-10: 1859845401
Edition: 1st
Author: Brenton, Sam, Cohen, Reuben
Publication date: 2003
Publisher: Verso
Format: Hardcover 160 pages
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ISBN-13: 9781859845400
ISBN-10: 1859845401
Edition: 1st
Author: Brenton, Sam, Cohen, Reuben
Publication date: 2003
Publisher: Verso
Format: Hardcover 160 pages

Summary

Acknowledged authors Brenton, Sam, Cohen, Reuben wrote Shooting People: Adventures in Reality TV comprising 160 pages back in 2003. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 1859845401 and 9781859845400. Since then Shooting People: Adventures in Reality TV textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In the late 1990s the television landscape underwent a seismic change as the reality game shows Big Brother and Survivor won unprecedented audiences across Europe and the US. Subjecting their contestants to protracted seclusion from the outside world, the shows offered up a novel combination of mundanity and extremity, and bred a host of imitations which ranged from the absurdly inept to the outright sadistic.

Shooting People explores the emergence of the form, its relation to documentary and its significance in a globalized TV industry. Sam Brenton and Reuben Cohen draw parallels between some of the methods employed to control contestants and techniques of incarceration and psychological interrogation, and expose the nefarious influence of psychologists and psychotherapists in the business of reality TV. This ‘ultimate form of light entertainment’ is also shown to be a perfect propaganda vehicle for an anti-political culture in which, in the absence of grand narratives, the personal focus, the detritus of selfhood, has become seen as the only story worth telling.

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