Negotiating the ‘Real’ in ‘Reality TV’: Production Side Discourses on Authenticity and Realism in Reality Shows"

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Abstract

Questions of 'reality' and 'realism'have been lying at the heart of the discourses emanating from and surrounding the global proliferation of so-called 'reality TV' programming. The purpose of this article is not to engage in a fundamental philosophical reflection on the notion of 'reality' but rather to provide a theoretically informed discussion of how it is deployed and negotiated in the discourses of those who are involved in the production of 'reality TV'. Our analysis is grounded in the concepts and insights provided in the literature within the domains of documentary studies and popular culture, which are integrated with insights emerging from in-depth interviews with 47 professionals and participants of 'reality'-shows.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014
Event64nd annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Communication and the "Good Life" - Seattle, WA, United States
Duration: 22 May 201426 May 2014

Conference

Conference64nd annual conference of the International Communication Association (ICA), Communication and the "Good Life"
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle, WA
Period22/05/1426/05/14

Keywords

  • reality TV
  • realism
  • media production
  • interviews

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