Reality TV: Factual Entertainment and Television Audiences

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Taylor & Francis, Sep 1, 2004 - Performing Arts - 240 pages

Reality TV restores a crucial, and often absent, element to the critical debate about reality television: the voices of people who watch reality programmes.

From Animal Hospital to Big Brother, Annette Hill argues that much can be learned from listening to audience discussion about this popular and rapidly changing television genre. Viewers' responses to reality TV can provide invaluable information to enhance our understanding of both the reality genre and contemporary television audiences.

Drawing on quantitative and qualitative audience research to understand how viewers categorise the reality genre, and how they judge the performance of ordinary people and the representation of authenticity within different types of reality programmes.

* Do audiences think reality TV is real?
* Can people learn from watching reality TV?
* How critical are viewers of reality TV?

Reality TV argues that audiences are engaged in a critical examination of the development of popular factual television. The book examines how audiences can learn from watching reality programmes, and how viewers think and talk about the ethics of reality TV.

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About the author (2004)

Annette Hill is a Reader in Communication at the University of Westminster. She is the author of Shocking Entertainment: Viewer Responses to Violent Movies (John Libbey, 1997) co-author of TV Living: Television, Culture and Everyday Life (Routledge, 1999) and co-editor of The Television Studies Reader (Routledge, 2003)

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