Better Living through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship

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Combining cutting-edge theories of culture and government withprogramming examples—including Todd TV,Survivor, and American IdolBetter Livingthrough Reality TV moves beyond the established concerns ofpolitical economy and cultural studies to conceptualizetelevision's evolving role in the contemporary period.


  • A major textbook on the impact of reality and lifestyletelevision on today’s programming, and on broader social,cultural and political trends
  • Draws on a range of examples from The Apprentice andAmerican Idol to Extreme Makeover and WifeSwap
  • Argues that reality television teaches viewers to monitor,motivate, improve, transform and protect themselves in the name offreedom, enterprise, and personal responsibility

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From The Apprentice to Extreme Makeover, reality television has transformed network and cable television. Better Living Through Television asserts that reality television is the last, best, and most definitive cultural technology: through it individuals can monitor, motivate, improve, transform, and protect themselves in the name of freedom, enterprise, and personal responsibility. Whether it's learning to succeed in business, navigating the rough waters of romance, managing our health or wallets, or perfecting the profile of our faces, reality television holds forth a powerful prescription for ways to live, invent, manage, and conduct oneself.Better Living Through Television situates reality and lifestyle television within the broader social, cultural, and political trends sweeping the world over-from privatization, economic deregulation, and welfare reform, to self-regulation and changing perceptions of the "public good." Combining cutting edge cultural theory with a dazzling array of examples from shows such as American Idol, What Not to Wear, and Wife Swap, Better Living Through Television demonstrates the evolving role of television today.

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From The Apprentice to Extreme Makeover, realitytelevision has transformed network and cable television. Whether itis learning to succeed in business, navigating the rough waters ofromance, managing our health or wallets, or perfecting the profileof our faces, reality television dispenses a powerful prescriptionfor ways to live and conduct ourselves as “neo-liberal”citizen-subjects, who increasingly are expected to takeresponsibility for our own welfare in the aftermath of the“Great Society.”

Better Living through Reality TV asserts that realitytelevision is a cultural technology through which we have come tomonitor, motivate, improve, transform, and protect ourselves in thename of freedom, enterprise, and personal responsibility. Combiningcutting-edge theories of culture and government with programmingexamples—including Todd TV, Survivor, andAmerican IdolBetter Living through Reality TVmoves beyond the established concerns of political economy andcultural studies to conceptualize television's evolving role in thecontemporary period.

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