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Professional Writing: Process and Practice EN 1700 – Fall/Winter 2009/2010 – Jan Rehner Lecture 19 – Reality TV – March 11 - Serious TV (postman): educational programs, political programs, news. - Junk TV: everything else. - TV is everywhere. - It is so common, that we are probably too immersed to think objectively of it. - TV representations are slightly different from objective reality (viewers still however find images familiar). - TV offers ‘full experience’, a fake experience. - Not experiencing the same thing as the characters in the TV. - The blurring of the real and the representations of the real is clearly evident, we should not be unconscious. - Narrow content of TV, highly biased, highly stylized narrative. o The need to close things up when writing similar to how stories on TV have closure in the end. - Most popular form of TV: reality. - Most enthusiastic from viewers. Definitions and Audience - What is reality TV? o Different forms o Can be part documentary and drama. o Wide range of productions and the quality of it. - Common features of reality TV: o Non-actors. o The ordinary person put in the extraordinary environment o Constant surveillance. o Unscripted reactions. o Competition among contestants. - Reality TV is highly edited has a lot of music. - Constructs conflicts to maximum emotional impact. - What does reality TV provides that’s different? o ‘Water cooler TV’: trendiness. o Appeal: combination of exhibitionism, voyeurism. - Audience o 18-24 years. o College/university students o Ethnicity is not a factor o Slightly more women than men o Constructed as vulnerable Voyeurism - As cultural construct means, pleasure derived from access to private details. - A curious peeking into other people’s life. - Reality TV promises for the viewer to see something exciting. - You are safe as a viewer. - Adopts a fly on the wall perspective. - Usually emphasizes a public rather than a public place. - Privacy also is about intimate relationships: shared and exclusive. - This inclu
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