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Shooting People: Adventures in Reality TV

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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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In the late 90s the television landscape underwent a change as the reality gameshows 'Big Brother' and 'Survivor' won unprecedented audiences. "Shooting People" explores the emergence of the form, its relation to documentary and its significance in a globalised TV Industry.

Synopsis:

This book argues that reality TV programs are the perfect propaganda vehicle for an anti-political culture in which the personal narrative, the detritus of self-hood, has become the only story worth telling.

About the Author

Sam Brenton lives and works in London. He has written several collections of poems, including The Honky’s Guide to Wet Dreams and Telephone Voices.

Reuben Cohen has been a researcher and production assistant on a number of documentaries and feature films. He is working on his first novel.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781859845400
Author:
Brenton, Sam
Publisher:
Verso
Author:
Cohen, Reuben
Location:
London
Subject:
General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Mass Media - Electronics Media
Subject:
Television - History & Criticism
Subject:
Television broadcasting
Subject:
Reality television programs.
Subject:
Media Studies - Electronic Media
Subject:
Popular Culture
Subject:
Film and Television-Media Studies
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Volume:
107-273
Publication Date:
20030517
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
184
Dimensions:
7.98x5.64x.73 in. .78 lbs.

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