Reality TV

Reality TV

by Thomas Riggs


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These books provide a range of opinions on a social issue; each volume focuses on a specific issue and offers a variety of perspectives, e.g., eyewitness accounts, governmental views, scientific analysis, newspaper accounts, to illuminate the issue.; This title explores the place of reality television in society. Topics discussed include the impact of reality TV programming; issues of diversity/gender/stereotypes; and issues specific to children who appear on reality TV.; Greenhaven Press's At Issue series provides a wide range of opinions on individual social issues. Enhancing critical thinking skills, each At Issue volume is an excellent research tool to help readers understand current social issues and prepare reports.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737761962
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 07/12/2013
Series: At Issue Series: Mass Media
Pages: 128
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 Reality Television Benefits Society More than Scripted Television Does Michael Hirschorn 11

2 Reality TV Has Lowered Standards for Television and Society as a Whole James Wolcott 19

3 Producers Sometimes Distort Reality and Undermine the Value of Reality TV Andy Dehnart 29

4 Attention-Seeking Participants Create Hollow Reality Characters Jonathan Murray 34

5 How a "Real Housewives" Suicide Sheds Light on Exploitation in Reality TV Stephen Galloway 39

6 Reality TV Helps Bring Diversity to Television Greg Braxton 52

7 Reality TV Stereotypes Minority Groups Brian Lowry 57

8 Reality TV Presents Rural Americans as Skilled and Serious Workers Robert Lloyd 61

9 Reality TV Shows Perpetuate Stereotypes about Southerners Karen L. Cox 65

10 Reality TV Can Empower Women Susannah Breslin 70

11 Reality TV Intentionally Subverts Social Progress and Gender Equality Jennifer L. Pozner 73

12 Reality TV Kids Need the Law on Their Side Hilary Levey 80

13 Reality TV Producers Should Be Responsible for Participant Well-Being Linda Holmes 84

Organizations to Contact 90

Bibliography 97

Index 101

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