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It sure felt like it. She also doesn’t get preachy and tell you: Not only is the realitty done well, the analysis is spot on and done with humor and wit.

It also explains why I see more young people thinking and stating that backk sterotypes are true. Notes from a Feminist Killjoy. One of the more troublesome aspects of reality TV, as outlined by Pozner, is the way it has affected scripted television. I am not being slowly brainwashed, or turned into a mindless consumerist zombie, or buying into the Bachelor version of romance.

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

Even then, ‘being sexual’ jemnifer all sorts of limitations. She states ” This isn’t just about depriving women of female friendships to foster desperation for male affection. Men are the providers in which none of the possessions they offer are actually theirs but carefully placed products to entice viewers to buy and women are only the sum of their pretty, pandering, emotionally charged parts. Implying that Scherzinger is a sex worker?

For me – someone who was already hyper aware of the misogyny and pervasive This really is one of the most engaging books I have read on media literacy and deconstructing what we are watching.

Both this book and the documentary MissRepresentation have given me new ways to talk about this issue — as a social justice issues, but also as an economic issue. October 19, Imprint: While most people are aware of the conspicuous drinks of Coke by the American Idol judges or the apparently absolutely appallingly obvious shills for Cover Girl in America’s Next Top Modelfew are aware that several of these shows have almost complete creative control over the actual show itself, or have even completely sponsored a show to the point that it is little more than a vehicle for advertisements, which allow them to skirt FCC regulations and restrictions on advertising.


Need a speaker on gender, race and class in the media for your college, high school or community group? While I remember most of the reality shows Ponzer is critiquing, our media landscape really does seem to have partially moved on, at least in terms of reality shows no longer dominating the airwaves as much as they once did. As a hyper-consumer of media with an academic background in sociology, I devoured this book and was left wanting more.

Take them with you when you engage in reality tv or any kind of media. She has been featured in several independent documentary projects, including the film I Was a Teenage Feminist. Pozner gives example after example after example Initially, I wasn’t all that interested in reading this book, as I felt as if it would be a retread of many concepts I had read before.

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.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Pozner Limited preview – May 14, mica-micare rated it really liked it Shelves: I wasn’t a fan of Pozner’s sense of humor — it was a tad too snarky for me, and this, in turn, caused me to distrust her pozber.

While a good number of these shows are still on the jennlfer, they don’t seem to get the coverage or the mass interest that they once did – although I should note that my perspective is flawed here, in that I essentially stopped watching television in the intervening years. If you already think critically about the media you consume, skip this book. Since I don’t buy into that, the stakes of her argument are pretty much nonexistent.

Toddlers functions as a training ground for female sexual performance, preparing little girls to cultivate and relish objectification Do not be bittes by reality television. I waited as they processed the first copy, and then got to read a shiny new copy of Reality Bites Back: I think this book might have been better if the author was actually a fan and actually got a bit emotional when Tila said goodbye to dani.

It’s absolutely fascinating and the author’s sense of humor makes it fun rather than dry. It’s funny because that battle was just lost in the United States last year. We must remember that the driving factor for all corporate media production is to turn tidy profits for the handful of mega merged corporations. Item s unavailable for purchase. While each of the chapters had moments of insight for me as she laid out the ways that reality TV creates harmful depictions of women, normalizes violence against women, and perpetuates racism, one of my major a-ha!


Have questions or concerns about images of women and people of color in reality television? Crying for the Moon. Dec 29, Jesse rated it liked it. Aug 27, cat rated it really liked it Shelves: The Diary of a Young Girl.

I should first point out that I am an avid reality television watchers. While I realize I am not the target audience, it was still a tad annoying to have to pause the book in order to look things up, especially when other times she defines things that most people should know: So I avoided them, which means I’m left out of a lot of conversations.

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The book is worth the time. Firefly had a strong following and was canceled while show like Apprentice with low numbers are renewed year after year. All hope is not lost, and Pozner encourages readers to take action and let networks know what kinds of programming they find objectionable and why, and what they would like to see more of on television. Nov 06, Laura Lee rated it it was ok Shelves: I knew that it wasn’t entirely “reality” as in a lot of cases people were chosed by producers for specific reasons because they’re “characters” to begin with, for example and the the programs were heavily edited in order to create narratives, and hightlight themes that really may not have been particularly important to the participants.

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV

Between the World and Me. I am glad I changed my mind, as this book has entered the category of library books Bitws will eventually go out and buy my own copies of because I have found them so good. The First Bad Man. View all 6 comments. Pozner is regularly interviewed on a variety of commercial and independent radio shows, bacck Democracy Now! But, I figured it was mostly harmless and “mindless fun” for those who enjoyed it.