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Yes, the author, in a footnote, really does refer to anti-depressants as “happy pills”. Advertising depends on the idea that we believe we are not affected by the images we see 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. She has a very good analysis that the driving force behind much of this is commercialism.

While the book was comprehensive and Pozner did an rezlity job building her case, there didn’t seem to be anything new in this.

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

I first started watching Tool Academy because of this withering critique of it in Bitch Magazine, but somehow I stayed a loyal fan through all three seasons. I’ve never been a particular fan of “reality” TV Project Runway exceptedbut I wasn’t a particular detractor either. We must remember that the driving factor for all corporate media production is to turn tidy profits for the handful of mega merged corporations. Notes from a Feminist Killjoy. So I avoided them, which means I’m left out of a lot of conversations.

Reality TV shows are just hour long, low budget commercials, not to mention the embedded cultural stereotypes spoon fed to viewers that passively ingest into their psyches.


Reality Bites Back Book

The Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV builds a case against the “mindless” entertainment of reality TV and points out how dangerous it can be, as it promotes sexism, racism, and advertises directly to its viewers while bypassing the normal restrictions placed on advertising.

God forbid we should think we’re great the way we are and didn’t need to buy some thing to make us better. Return to Book Page.

Paperbackpages. They’re instructed to use their nascent “feminine wiles” to impress judges especially “boy judges”. This is a way to deflect certain economic realities such as the feminization of poverty and its connection to prostitution.

May 22, Rebecca rated realkty it was amazing. I should first point out that I am an avid reality television watchers.

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. Jennifre felt like I was regularly being condescended.

We learn that women should be continually sexually available The Diary of a Young Girl. A must read for feminists and media critics. Rather, it’s just that in order to sell us more products beauty and otherwiseit’s more effective to have women scared and lacking in confidence and self-esteem. Why buy several seasons worth of affordable clothes when you can buy a few pieces of high end outfits that are supposed to last for years when in reality, most consumers would feel pressured to buy new clothing the following season.

It’s cheap, mindless entertainment, and it I have truly appalling taste when it comes to television – Give me Housewives, Toddlers n’ Tiaras, Top Models, and Bachelors, and I’m a happy girl. To ask other readers questions about Reality Bites Backplease sign up. All Our Wrong Todays.


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. Do not be fooled by reality television. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Single women are shown as nothing without a husband and so the humiliation of single women and women in general in this genre becomes paramount.

Men Explain Things to Me. All the Single Ladies. They control the bulk of what we are given to watch, see and hear in the media. That way, one can present the lastest wonder bra, face cream, make-up hair product, dress, home appliance that will fix it for them. Black women as well as men are reduced to caricatures or animals. That was already the case in and, well, sobalthough I do feel vaguely vindicated at how much I hated him and his show back in the day too.

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV

One of the more troublesome aspects of reality TV, as outlined by Pozner, is the way it has affected scripted television. It’s clearly not aimed at me bbites film studies minor and avowed feminist so I tried to ignore the glib, flippant tone, which I assume is the author’s attempt to engage people bacm watch reality TV uncritically and avoid charges of taking it all too seriously, but it shaded into patronizing once too often for my tolerance.

In the words of a close friend – yikes.