If a woman does not feel pure love for a man she just met who acts like an offensive jerk while making out with a number of other woman, she is labeled an evil gold digger for pursuing this so-called millionaire in the first place. Instead of hurling down invectives against popular culture from an insulated ivory tower, Pozner is a smart, snarky fellow traveler who offers stinging criticism and stunning insights peppered with just enough colloquial profanity to keep readers laughing and shaking our heads. 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. On reality tv shows, gendered stereotypes abound. Startlingly progressive, Pozner leaves no stereotype untouched: from blacks, to women, to gays, and to less-talked about but no less important minorities like transgendered people and Asian-Americans, she argues that reality television thrives and persists on the ugliest, most bigoted stories unscrupulous television producers have to sell. Women must lower their standards in shows like The Bachelor. I wonder if this book will support my hypothesis.
A serious scholarly work based on years of research, Reality Bites Back is also fast-paced and fascinating. Perry Regional - Adult Non-fiction 791. On a more positive note, I enjoyed some of the behind the scenes factoids that peppered the text. Partly because I knew how choreographed these shows were and how edited they must be to prove the producers point. So I avoided them, which means I'm left out of a lot of conversations. Not only is the research done well, the analysis is spot on and done with humor and wit. It sure felt like it.
I guess it's really a 3. Unfortunately, I could not find any copies at the library, but many copies can be purchased online new or used. They control the bulk of what we are given to watch, see and hear in the media. It felt like I was regularly being condescended. I wanted to try her ideas and attempted to watch The Kardashian Show. We all realize that reality television is partially scripted, but for me, the realization that these shows are just very long infomercials, is new. However, the book seemed a bit scatter brained in organization.
To be absolutely fair, she did seem to be trying to direct that derisiveness towards men engaged in pimping rather than the sex workers themselves, but it didn't always seem to be hitting that mark. I'm a huge stickler for showing where your information comes from in non-fiction, and Pozner does a great job of this. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. It's nice to know I'm not the only one who noticed this. Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff.
With stellar, absorbing insight, she teases apart the decade-long history of reality television, examining its impact on our culture, its toxic messages, and how and why it has come to dominate the airwaves. Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff. Pozner consistently makes great points, and is able to cite other research to strengthen her own findings. This genre of reality tv show attempts to convince women that starring as the princess of a huge, ostentatious wedding is the most important thing they will ever accomplish. She encourages enhancing media literacy - not just television, but all media - throughout our society.
About this Item: Seal Press 1899-12-30, 1899. Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff. This should be required reading for every American girl and woman. There is a lot of important material in this book that even that savviest television viewer might not be aware of. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less.
Possible ex library copy, thatâ ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Pozner expertly reveals the toxicity of what many consider to be simple lightweight entertainment and arms readers with creative ways to resist and fight back. Beautiful corpses, abusive princes: violence against women as glamorous, romantic reality -- 8. 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. It's great that the author has lots of material, but all of it gets mashed into a big jumble and it's hard to dissect apart. How You Can Transform the Media--Starting Today. I am glad I changed my mind, as this book has entered the category of library books I will eventually go out and buy my own copies of because I have found them so good.
One of the most important things about the book is that it explains that every reality show is based around some already ingrained social concept - i. Customer service is our top priority!. One of the most important things about the book is that it explains that every reality show is based around some already ingrained social concept - i. So when I saw Roxane Gay mention this in Bad Feminist, I knew I needed to try it. Made for a somewhat interesting read due to her lively writing style, but by the end, when it came to the chapters on activism, I had completely checked out. 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.
If you are a fan of reality television, a student of social sciences, or a person concerned about the toxic effects that the media has on our society, you definitely need to read it right away. I stopped watching some reality shows America's Next Top Model, the Bachelor, American Idol, basically any dating show, etc because of some of the things discussed in the book. R43P69 2010 Dewey Decimal 791. If every person on a show had to do the same act, if one or two of them were black, she would claim racism against the black contestants, although they were doing the exact same challenge has their while, yellow, etc, contestants. Overall this was a fascinating read, and unlike a lot of books that leave you depressed by telling you all this crappy stuff, Pozner's last two chapters spend a lot of time telling you what you can do about it.