Reality TV: A Constant Reinvention for Living in Real-Time?
Host Sarah Banet-Weiser talks with Professor Eva Hageman and Professor Laurie Ouellette about the dialectic between reality TV and its consumers through the pandemic and in the future.
In this episode, host Sarah Banet-Weiser talks with Professor Eva Hageman and Professor Laurie Ouellette about their work on representation in reality TV and on identity in social media, respectively. They discuss how contemporary media impose a script for living but also offer a platform for social change. They problematize the social impact of reality TV by pointing out how some TV shows offer medical and financial resources to families who have been neglected by state institutions, but they also point out how this requires families to play the role of marginalized people.
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Distinguished Professor; Professor | Annenberg School for Communication; Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Twitter - @sbanetweiser
Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and the Harriet Tubman Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature, Department Chair
Facebook: Laurie Ouellette
Works referenced in episode:
Ouellette, L. (2017). Bare enterprise: US television and the business of dispossession (post-crisis, gender and property television). European Journal of Cultural Studies, 20(5), 490-508.
Ouellette, L. (2019). Spark joy? Compulsory happiness and the feminist politics of decluttering. Culture Unbound, 11(3-4), 534-550.
Ouellette, L., & Hay, J. (2008). Better Living Through Reality Tv: Television and post-welfare citizenship. Blackwell Pub.
Hageman, E. C. (2019). Debt by Design: Race and Home Valorization on Reality TV. In Mukherjee, R., Banet-Weiser, S., & Gray, H. (Eds.). Racism postrace. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
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