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Title:
Freakshow : first person media and factual television
Author:
Dovey, Jon.
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Publication Information:
Sterling, VA : Pluto Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
viii, 197 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780745314556

9780745314501
Format :
Book

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Central Library PN1992.8.R43 D68 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Summary

Summary

True confessions, fake films and docu-soaps - factual television has been transformed by an explosion of new genres. This book offers a serious look at reality TV in an attempts to understand the mass media's fascination with intimacy, deviancy, and horror.


Summary

True confessions, fake films and docu-soaps -- in the last ten years factual television has been transformed by an explosion of new genres. Freakshow offers a serious look at 'reality TV' in an attempt to understand the mass media's fascination with intimacy, deviancy, and horror. *BR**BR*Jon Dovey analyses reality TV in terms of the political economy of the mass media. He investigates the relationship between confessional television and our modern understanding of culture and identity. Is our fascination with the personal the only meaningful response to the complexity of our own lives? Are the politics of the self the only alternative to the defunct grand narratives of yesterday? *BR**BR*In concentrating not on the reception of these new television forms but on the choices, models and agendas which inform their production, Dovey reveals the relationships between social anxieties, economic pressures and their specific inflections in media texts. In a critical analysis of media industry practice, Dovey asks why directors can't stay out of range of their own cameras -- and what is the role of the television of intimacy within broadcasting.


Author Notes

Jon Dovey is a writer, producer and senior lecturer in Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England


Jon Dovey is a writer, producer and senior lecturer in Cultural and Media Studies at the University of the West of England


Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
1 Show me the Moneyp. 5
2 Klutz Filmsp. 27
3 Camcorder Cultsp. 55
4 Firestarters--Re-viewing Reality TVp. 78
5 The Confessing Nationp. 103
6 McDox 'R' Us--Docu-soap and the Triumph of Triviap. 133
7 Squaring Circlesp. 154
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 189
Acknowledgementsp. viii
Introductionp. 1
1 Show me the Moneyp. 5
2 Klutz Filmsp. 27
3 Camcorder Cultsp. 55
4 Firestarters--Re-viewing Reality TVp. 78
5 The Confessing Nationp. 103
6 McDox 'R' Us--Docu-soap and the Triumph of Triviap. 133
7 Squaring Circlesp. 154
Notesp. 175
Bibliographyp. 185
Indexp. 189

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