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This book is a bit dated but the realty on reality tv, integrated marketing, and the plethora of gendered, racial and class stereotypes found embedded in this medium, are still very relevant.

While Ponzer seems to at least be trying to be sex work positive, her tone about it is often pretty derisive.

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For me – someone who was already hyper aware of the misogyny and pervasive advertising shamelessly embedded within reality programming, I found it broadened jenbifer way I perceived other media – such as talk shows like The View and Ellen, which seem to be more marketing vehicles than television talk shows, and fictional media which is much more focused on consumerism than it relity it has been.

The last chapter offers ways to fight back and have your voice heard about the media that surrounds you as well as party games to critique reality tv shows.

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! Still, Pozner redeems herself with a genuinely interesting chapter about advertising in reality TV. There is product placement in these shows which sponsors pay lozner to 2 million per show.

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She often repeated the same point over jennifet over. But, I figured it was mostly harmless and “mindless fun” for those who enjoyed it.

Wealthy ladies who lunch backstab while obsessing over brand-name clothes, cars and jewels on The Real Housewives Butes everywhere. We all realize that reality television is partially scripted, but for me, the realization that these shows are just very long infomercials, is new. Worth reading for any viewer of reality tv! Pozner asserted at the beginning of the book that her aim was not to provide a know all insight or solutions, rather to foster discussions which can be extended upon within the community to promote media literacy.


ALL of the messages that we are being fed ultimately are controlled by corporations trying to sell us a commercial and political agenda that I am not interested in buying! Find out in the groundbreaking new book, Reality Bites Back: Other than that, I’ve watched various Gorden Ramsey things I like the British ones much morebut even those I’ve cooled to – the overuse of the word bitch to describe women, the fact that every black women seems to take most of the hate from those in the group, the fact that you are suppose to undermine people to win a job where you need to lead and support people.

God forbid we should think we’re great the way we are and didn’t need to buy some thing to make us better. Advertising depends on the idea jenbifer we believe we are not affected by the images we hites in ads and now, so does the product-placement-generated reality tv genre, and therefore, we are less likely to bring a critical lens when we are watching these shows.

So I avoided them, which means Reakity left out of a lot of conversations. If every person on a oozner had to do the same act, if one or two of them were black, she realit claim racism against the black contestants, although they were doing the exact same challenge has their while, yellow, etc, contestants. Women must lower their standards in shows like The Bachelor.

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

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. 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.

Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff. Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. One other aspect is that she’s very specific when it comes to blame.


I am not being slowly brainwashed, or turned into a mindless consumerist zombie, or buying into the Bachelor version of romance. Is this book a past selection from a freshman jennkfer Studies ” survey course? And they’re trained to strive for physical perfection in constant competition with female peers The people being described are not even present in realuty label.

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV

The Woman in Cabin Even then, ‘being sexual’ has all sorts of limitations. These little bits were informative and enjoyable, especially if one is interested in finding out more about the sausage making aspect of reality television production. Directors deliberately cast stereotypes or people with insecurities and present them as substitutes for an entire group.

Dec 29, Jesse rated it liked it. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The rating should really be a 3.

It also has no place in a book like this. Watch More Reality Rehab Videos. This book took me much longer to read as each chapter is so full of current and important media critique that is directly relevant to my life AND to the work that I do.

That was when the book went from my “abandoned” shelf to the one called “thrown at a wall. The First Bad Man. 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. Jan 05, Jess rated it it was amazing Shelves: I had no idea the extent to which “reality” television is unreal.

Well, that she did. The author uses this phrase repeatedly. On reality tv shows, gendered stereotypes abound. Know what you are being sold, and remember While I have no doubts that this is the case, it does make for a read that can best be summed up as, “Well, yeah. It wound up challenging a lot of my ideas about just how mindless the entertainment is.