“Jersey Shore” was doing what reality TV had previously done only sporadically: shine a light on a genuine, region-specific American subculture. What years of strong ratings revealed, however, was that subculture was exportable.
By Michelle Conlin Reality TV is hooking an über-demographic beyond Madison Avenue's wildest dreams: It includes both NPR listeners and NRA members, Prada PhDs and Blatz-swillers in Wranglers, greeters at Wal-Mart and professionals who can decipher Alan Greenspan-speak.
It seems America’s appetite for reality TV hasn’t yet curbed and possibly even continues to accelerate. Want proof? You know that show where people buy delinquent storage units “blind”, then rifle through them looking for valuable collectibles, antiques and other goods? Which one? you say, yeah, that’s my point; there are multiple series that fit that bill including Storage Wars, Auction Hunters and in a tangential way, Pawn Stars.
On your journey, you will visit basic concepts related to media and culture that reflect social scientific and social construction perspectives. After a discussion of types of media and various media theories, the chapter will offer you reality television and its representations and constructions of various cultures in order to further examine these theories. Media effects and media literacy are also discussed.
After your journey, you will be a better informed media consumer and media critic aware of various theories through which to view and understand the media to which you are exposed daily and its relation to culture.
THE FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF COMMUNICATION THE MEAN WORLD EFFECTS OF REALITY TELEVISION: PERCEPTIONS OF ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIORS RESULTING FROM EXPOSURE TO COMPETITION-BASED REALITY PROGRAMMING By KRISTIN MICHAEL BARTON A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Communication In partial fulfillment of the Requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2007
There’s never been more video content to watch, or more ways of to watch it. That, says Jeremy Toeman, of Dijit Media, a big problem. In making TV infinite, we’ve lost its most potent benefit: escapism.
Watching all this is lurid in a rubbernecking way. It engages a part of my brain that seems to like the base stimulation without much thinking. No lousy plots to follow. No bad acting. Just a fun-house mirror version of life.