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Reality TV: Global market and global culture

The topic of the presentation is about how Reality TV formats are being successfully sold on the global television market. What social and economic factors have made these formats so prevalent across world television? We need to look at how the documentary Afghan Star reveals the cultural impact which reality formats can have because of their wide popular appeal as well as interrogating the ideology of ‘democracy’ which the film claims that the talent show encourages. We need to look at how international versions of other reality formats such as Wife Swap USA address differences in class, gender and culture. We need to also explore how different broadcasting contexts and industrial structures determine how the narrative forms and emphases of formats vary. However all these things are the knowledge the writer needs to know before making the presentation.
I will add a list of readings that need to be read in order to make the presentation and Afghan Star and Wife Swap need to be related to the readings i send. (If the writer can’t access the readings i post let me know asap please) Also, in addition to the readings i will post that need to be referred to the shows i posted, the writer should refer to separate academic literature readings of their choice as long as it is relevant to the other readings and the 2 shows. (2 extra ones is probably enough)
It is very important to avoid spending time summarizing the key reading, rather the writer should select 2 or 3 key points from one to more of the set articles and use these to analyze the clips and/or question/contrast the arguments of the authors. The presentation should be designed to PROVOKE DISCUSSION RATHER THAN RE-HASH INFORMATION. the writer needs to add a clip or two that is relevant to the readings or argument (a 1 minute clip more or less)
The Readings:
Jonathan Bignell (2005) Big Brother: Reality TV in the twenty-first Century, London: Palgrave Chapter 2: ‘The World is Watching’
Magner, Ted (2004) ‘Reality Programs, Formats and the New Business of Television’ in Susan Murray and Laurie Ouellette (eds.) (2004) Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture, New York: New York University Press
Divina Frau-Meigs ‘Big Brother and Reality TV in Europe: Towards a Theory of Situated Acculturation by the Media’ European Journal of Communication March 2006 21: 33-56,
Wieten, Jan (1998) “Reality Television and Social Responsibility Theory” in Kees Brants, Joke Hermes and Liesbeth van Zoonen (eds.) The Media in Question: Popular Cultures and Public Interests London: Sage
Kilborn, Richard (1994) ‘How Real Can You Get? Recent developments in ‘reality television’ in European Journal of Communication vol. 9, pp. 421-39
Kilborn, Richard (2003) Staging the Real: factual TV programming in the
age of Big Brother, Manchester: Manchester University Press
Ritchie, Jean (2000) Big Brother: the official unseen story, London: C4 Books
Also, these questions should be involved: one of them or both whatever the writer feels is relevant to what they will write and how they will do the presentation. (relate it to the work – involve the question(s) basically.)
Please time the presentation it needs to be 10 minutes long. so the number of slides depends on the writer really. Thank you!


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