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Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV

Even then, ‘being sexual’ has all sorts of limitations. Not That Kind of Girl. According to Pozner and her research, women are portrayed as bitches, stupid, incompetent at work, failures at home and gold diggers on most reality shows. The Girl on the Train. I couldn’t finish it. In the words of a close friend – yikes. 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.

That said, in the ten years since she’s published this book, intersectional feminist discourse has changed, and there are moments in the text where I wish I could pull out some ableist language. What has a decade of reality TV taught us about women and men, race and class, love and sex, beauty and violence, advertising and consumption, and more?

There is a lot of important material in this book that even that savviest television viewer might not be aware of. Sep 03, lauren rated it it was ok. The Bachelor is clearly a himbo who has had his tongue down the throats of 24 other available women and who may or may not have domestic abuse charges under his belt read the book to discover how producers failed to perform effective and thorough background checks in reality tv dating show participants.


She offers the reader much to consider.

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Not only is the research done well, the analysis is spot on and done with humor and wit. Partly because I knew how choreographed these shows were and how edited they must be to prove the producers point. Watch More Reality Rehab Videos. I guess it’s really a 3. The present world of tv has not served us well. I also had never really thought critically about the kind of messages reality TV was putting out there about women in general, and worse about people of color both men and women – although this book mostly concentrates on women.

Return to Book Page. Every body is different. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s cheap, mindless entertainment, and it’s necessary to turn my mind off and just let silliness wash over it every now and then.

The fact that the wo I’m not much of a reality tv fan. They were told that they were going to a casting call for a Real World meets Sex and the City in Paris show. Directors deliberately cast stereotypes or people jenniger insecurities and present them as substitutes for an entire group. 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 t I’ve never been a particular fan of “reality” TV Project Runway exceptedbut I wasn’t a particular detractor either.

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The book is worth the time. The Daily Show The Book.

The other part I liked is when it discusses how attitudes toward reality TV have changed over the past decade, especially among those who’ve grown up with it. I have to say, Reality Bites Back: Black women as well as men are reduced to caricatures or animals.

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

This applies to the women on America’s Next Bies Model not that I approve of or am defending that show just as it applies to a fat person on the street. On a more positive note, I enjoyed some of the behind the scenes factoids that peppered the text.


While I understand that the label “unscripted” doesn’t necessarily apply to the full degree, I cannot help be suckered in even as I don’t believe an ounce of the content. Ever since watching Jean Kilbourne’s awesome documentary series “Killing Us Softly” as a teenager, I have had a desire to teach students about the manipulative ways of advertising and media.

Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a The information provided is well-researched, accurate and alarming.

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That being said, Pozner really brings the manipulation poznee reality television to light in a way that is eye opening. This book took me much longer to read as each chapter is so realitj of current and important media critique that is directly relevant to my life AND to the work that I do.

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.

And, a requirement for everyone else. As I was reading it I kept thinking the book would be so much better if she explored more of how people watched and viewed reality tv instead of the basic facts about what was happening and why it was sexist, racist,classist.

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