The Makeover: Reality Television and Reflexive Audiences by Katherine Sender

By Katherine Sender

Watch this convey, purchase this product, you may be an entire new you!
 
Makeover tv exhibits time and again promise self-renewal and the chance for reinvention, yet what will we find out about the folk who watch them? because it seems, strangely little.
 
The Makeover is the 1st booklet to contemplate the swift upward push of makeover indicates from the views in their audience. Katherine Sender argues that this style of fact tv maintains a protracted heritage of self-improvement, formed via modern media, technological, and monetary contexts. most folks imagine that truth tv audience are ideological dupes and obliging shoppers. Sender, although, reveals that they've a way more nuanced and reflexive method of the indicates they watch. they're severe of the guide, the patron plugs, and the manipulative modifying within the indicates. whilst, they purchase into the indicates’ vital to build a reflexive self: an internal self that may be obvious as though from the skin, and has to be explored and expressed to others. The Makeover intervenes in debates approximately either fact tv and viewers study, providing the idea that of the reflexive self to maneuver those debates ahead.

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Chapter 7 turns a skeptical gaze on reflexivity in the process of audience research itself. Here I consider the ways in which audiences are aware of their participation in the research process, explicitly shaping their narratives of their viewing pleasures and life stories and critiquing interviewers’ techniques, and using the interview as an opportunity to display expertise. I conclude by considering the extent to which reflexivity may be a classed and gendered performance demanded by the research context, and the implications of this for audience research.

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