Reality Bites Back

Reality Bites Back

The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure Tv

Book - 2010/10/19
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Perseus Publishing
Nearly every night on every major network, ?unscripted” (but carefully crafted) ?reality” TV shows routinely glorify retrograde stereotypes that most people would assume got left behind 35 years ago. In Reality Bites Back, media critic Jennifer L. Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff. She deconstructs reality TV’s twisted fairytales to demonstrate that far from being simple ?guilty pleasures,” these programs are actually guilty of fomenting gender-war ideology and significantly affecting the intellectual and political development of this generation’s young viewers. She lays out the cultural biases promoted by reality TV about gender, race, class, sexuality, and consumerism, and explores how those biases shape and reflect our cultural perceptions of who we are, what we’re valued for, and what we should view as ?our place” in society. Smart and informative, Reality Bites Back arms readers with the tools they need to understand and challenge the stereotypes reality TV reinforces and, ultimately, to demand accountability from the corporations responsible for this contemporary cultural attack on three decades of feminist progress.

Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Seal Press, 2010/10/19
ISBN: 9781580052658
Branch Call Number: 791.453 POZ
Characteristics: 386


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Aug 26, 2012

I'm not much of a reality show viewer and this book confirmed for me that this is the right decision. Besides being super informative, it is also really fun to read.

Apr 20, 2012

Fascinating, well-researched book about how potentially damaging reality TV can be. It's not something I had given much thought to before the book was recommended to me, but I'd also recommend it to others if you want an eye-opening look at how reality shows actually operate.

Jan 30, 2012

Well-written look at why "those" shows are not only a waste of time but are actually harmful to our culture as a whole. Strong, sensible feminist worldview.

Jun 06, 2011



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