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Author Dovey, Jon.

Title Freakshow : first person media and factual television / Jon Dovey.

Published London ; Sterling, Va. : Pluto Press, 2000.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Southbank  791.456 Dov    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  791.45653 DOVE    AVAILABLE
 UniM Bail  791.45653 DOVE    AVAILABLE
Physical description viii, 197 pages ; 22 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 185-188) and index.
Contents 1. Show me the Money -- 2. Klutz Films -- 3. Camcorder Cults -- 4. Firestarters - Re-viewing Reality TV -- 5. The Confessing Nation -- 6. McDox 'R' Us - Docu-Soap and the Triumph of Trivia -- 7. Squaring Circles.
Summary Over the last decade factual television has been transformed by emerging new genres embodying true confessions, fake films and docu-soaps. In this critical analysis of recent media industry practice, John Dovey assesses the impact of 'reality TV' and the media's fascination with intimacy, deviancy and horror.
Dovey analyses the phenomenon in the context of the political economy of the mass media. He investigates the relationship between confessional television and our modern understanding of culture and identity and addresses some of the key questions: What role does the television of intimacy play within broadcasting? Should directors stay out of range of their own cameras? Is our fascination with the personal the only meaningful response to the complexity of our own lives? To what extent is the politics of the self an acceptable alternative to the defunct grand narratives of an earlier era?
Dovey focuses on the popular and academic reception of these new television forms and on the choices, models and agendas which inform their production. In so doing he reveals the relationships between social anxieties, economic pressures and their specific inflections in media texts.
Subject Reality television programs.
Television talk shows.
Documentary television programs.
ISBN 0745314554 (hbk)
0745314503 (paperback)
0745314554 (hbk.)
0745314554 (cased) £45.00
0745314503 (paperback) £14.99