Freakshow : First Person Media and Factual Television

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True confessions, fake films and docu-soaps - factual television has been transformed by an explosion of new genres. This book offers a serious look at "reality TV" in an attempts to understand the mass media's fascination with intimacy, deviancy, and horror. Jon Dovey analyses reality TV in terms of th e political economy of the mass media. He investigates the relationship between confessional television an dour modern understanding of culture and identity. Is our fascination with the personal the only meaningful response to the complexity of our own lives? Are the politics of the self the only alternative to the defunct grand narratives of yesterday? In concentrating not on the reception of these new television forms but on the choices, models and agendas which inform their production, Dovey reveals the relationships between social anxieties , economic pressures and their specific inflections in media texts. In a critical analysis of media industry practice, Dovey asks why directors can't stay out of range of their own cameras - and what is the role of the television of intimacy within more

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  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 135 x 215 x 19.05mm | 431g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • notes, references, bibliography, index
  • 0745314554
  • 9780745314556

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Introduction - true confessions; the film maker as klutz; camcorder cults; "Reality TV"; the confessing nation; real horror; surveillance and crime; everything is visible, nothing is real; fearful more

About Jon Dovey

Mike Wayne is professor of film and television studies at Brunel University. He is the author of Marxism and Media Studies (2003) and Political Film (2001), and the editor of Understanding Film (2005) and Dissident Voices (1998), all published by Pluto more

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