‘Reality TV’

Authored by: Su Holmes

The Routledge Companion to British Media History

Print publication date:  September  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415537186
eBook ISBN: 9781315756202
Adobe ISBN: 9781317629474

10.4324/9781315756202.ch42

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Abstract

Misha Kavka and Amy West have argued that:

Dates are anathema to Reality TV. As markers of historical time, dates have an objectifying, distancing effect. Instead of dates and years, Reality TV counts hours, minutes and seconds, setting participants against deadlines, insisting on time in its smallest parameters. To locate oneself in the time of history goes against the power of reality programing – and of the televisual medium itself – to create intimacy and immediacy.

(2004: 136)

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