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Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV by Jennifer L. Pozner

Firefly had a strong following and was canceled while show like Apprentice with low numbers are renewed year after year. The Girl With All the Gifts. Soon, after only one kind of woman is shown and this trope is repeated time and again, people, especially young people who grew up watching reality television, will begin to believe on a certain level that this is the way women are. While I have no doubts that this is the case, it does make for a read that can best be summed up as, “Well, yeah.

Want to offer a media literacy workshop for your campus or non-profit? This book is a bit dated but the analyses on reality tv, integrated marketing, and the plethora of gendered, racial and class stereotypes found embedded in this medium, are still very relevant. They felt token-y and tacked on, like someone reminded the author at the last minute that it’s what all the cool feminists are doing nowadays and she’d be yelled at if she didn’t.

You can read this item using any of the following Kobo apps and devices: It’s catty, it’s juvenile, it’s reminiscent of high-school mean-girl behavior, and it’s not feminist. While we often tell ourselves that we know the difference between fact and fiction on the screen, the reality genre has helped to blur the line in our collective conscience. The Daily Show The Book.


It’s at its best when delving into the specific mechanics of making reality TV, including the financing, casting, and editing processes. Pozner is one of my favorite new books!

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV

I’ve been going back and forth on my rating for this. Pozner Limited preview – As a regular reality tv viewer I figured this might be a good read.

There is product placement in these shows which sponsors pay up to 2 million per show. I wish she would allow the reader to make his or her own conclusion through guidance rather than beating it over my head with alliteration and cynical, sometimes unnecessary angry adjectives.

The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV builds a case against the “mindless” entertainment of reality Pozer and points out how dangerous it can be, as it promotes sexism, racism, and advertises directly to its viewers while bypassing the normal restrictions placed on advertising. She encourages enhancing media literacy – not just television, but all media – throughout our society.

Jul 11, Danielle rated it it was ok.

Pozner is regularly interviewed on a variety of commercial and relity radio shows, including Democracy Now! If you are a fan of reality television, a student of social sciences, or a person concerned about the toxic effects that the media has on our society, you definitely need to read it right away. Account Options Sign in. Other editions – View all Reality Bites Back: She was looking for reasons to interject liberal social angst everywhere she could.

On a more positive note, I enjoyed some of the behind the scenes factoids that peppered the text. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we’ll automatically remove it at Checkout.

If every person on a show had to do the same act, if one or two of them were black, she would claim ra The antidotes about issues with different reality programs were generally good. Aug 09, Melody Newby rated it it jennier amazing.


While the book was comprehensive and Pozner did an excellent job building her case, there didn’t seem to be anything new in this. Aug 27, cat rated it really liked it Shelves: Mar 24, RD Morgan rated it it was ok Shelves: They irked us on I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched, and they should continue to do so.

Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a Plot lines are largely decided by producers and even advertisers. But, I figured it was mostly harmless and “mindless fun” for those who pozzner it. Furthermore, I am able to identify stereotyping, misogyny, and lack of cultural diversity in most reality tv shows, yet I watch them anyway.

All Our Wrong Todays. We all realize that reality television is partially scripted, but for me, the realization that these shows are just very long infomercials, is new.

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I suspect the book would’ve been better off had the author simply presented her research and allowed readers to draw their own conclusions rather than attempted to spoon-feed feminist critical analysis to them.

Unfortunately, that chapter was the only one that contained something truly new. Of course I know that much of it is staged and directed, but I haven’t given much thought to it, outside of regarding it as mindless entertainment. Dec 29, Jesse rated it liked it. Overall, a great guide on things to keep in mind when watching real As a regular reality tv viewer I figured this might be a good read. So I avoided them, which means I’m left out of a lot of conversations I have never been a reality television fan Project Runway and a few episodes of cooking reality shows aside.