By Laurie Ouellette
Combining state of the art theories of tradition and govt with programming examples—including Todd TV, Survivor, and American Idol—Better residing via truth TV strikes past the tested matters of political economic climate and cultural reports to conceptualize television's evolving position within the modern period.
- A significant textbook at the influence of truth and way of life tv on today’s programming, and on broader social, cultural and political trends
- Draws on more than a few examples from The Apprentice and American Idol to Extreme Makeover and Wife Swap
- Argues that truth tv teaches audience to observe, encourage, increase, rework and safeguard themselves within the identify of freedom, firm, and private responsibility
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Better Living through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship by Laurie Ouellette