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Author Brenton, Sam, author

Title Shooting people : adventures in reality TV / Sam Brenton and Reuben Cohen
Published London : Verso, 2003


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 MELB  302.2345 Bre/Spa  AVAILABLE
Description 184 pages ; 20 cm
Contents 1. Gameworlds -- 2. Forerunners -- 3. Format Wars -- 4. Stanford -- 5. The Shrinks -- 6. Frames of Mind -- 7. The People Lab -- 8. Real Politics
Summary "The reality game shows Big Brother and Survivor became TV events that whipped up storms of controversy and changed the face of prime-time schedules." "Shooting People examines the emergence of the form, its relation to documentary and its place within a globalised TV industry. Sam Brenton and Reuben Cohen draw parallels between methods employed to control contestants and techniques of interrogation honed by military intelligence, exposing the dubious involvement of psychologists and psychotherapists in the reality TV business. This 'ultimate form of light entertainment' is also shown to be the perfect medium for an apolitical time that has displaced grand narratives with an obsessive focus on personality and trivia."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Reality television programs.
Reality television programs -- History and criticism.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Reality television programs.
Reality television programs.
Author Cohen, Reuben.
LC no. 2003271703
ISBN 1859845401