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Yes, the author, in a footnote, really does refer to anti-depressants as “happy pills”. Do not be fooled by reality television. Not even “depressed persons”, much less “people with depression” or “people prone to depressive episodes”?

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!

She was looking for reasons to interject liberal social angst everywhere she could. Men Explain Things to Me.

Please – read this book. 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 backk hitting that mark.

Just look at the level of political discourse in the presidential campaign which feels like a train wreck reality show. I saw the drama created by producers during the first Real World and figured it only got worse from there.

Plzner things Pozner uncovers are truly shocking, even for people bavk are generally grossed out by reality television. Jennifer Pozner in Reality Bites Back: Its practitioners are trained in psychology, sociology, argumentation, poetry, and design.

Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV

The last straw was when pozber the author repeatedly refers to ‘transgender’ as a sexual orientation biites in the phrase “sought love among a pool of straight, gay, bisexual, and transgender men”.


Share your thoughts in the comments — or pitch a guest post to the blog. So I avoided them, which means I’m left out of a lot of conversations I have never been a reality television fan Project Runway and a few episodes of cooking reality shows aside.

On a more positive note, I enjoyed some of the behind the scenes factoids that peppered the text. While most people are aware of the conspicuous drinks of Coke by the American Idol judges or the apparently absolutely appallingly obvious shills for Cover Girl in America’s Next Top Modelfew are aware that several of these shows have almost complete creative control over the actual show itself, or have even completely sponsored a show to the point that it is little more than a vehicle for advertisements, which allow them to skirt FCC regulations and restrictions on advertising.

View all 7 comments. Please review realihy cart. While a good number of these shows are still on the air, they don’t seem to get the coverage or the mass interest that they once did – although I should note that m I waited way too long pozer read this book, and honest, ten bties later, yeah, it does feel a little out of date.

All social, academic, professional, and political gains women have made in this country – suffrage, legality and availability of contraceptives. That book I would’ve finished.

It also explains why I see more young people thinking and stating that all sterotypes are true. May 14, mica-micare rated it really liked it Shelves: Overall, a great guide on things to keep in mind when watching reality tv and many times, any tv. Jan 05, Jess rated it it was amazing Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Reality Bites Backplease sign up. From the outset, when Pozner tells us “. These are powerful tools in the art of persuasion, more so when deployed by a multibillion-dollar industry.

Men are the providers in which none of the possessions they offer are actually theirs but carefully placed products to entice viewers to buy and women are only the sum of their pretty, pandering, emotionally charged parts. Will I stop watching reality tv after reading it?

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While a good number of these shows are still on the air, they don’t seem to get the coverage or the mass interest that they once did – although I should note that my perspective is flawed here, in that I essentially stopped watching television in the intervening years. As a hyper-consumer of media with an academic background in sociology, I devoured this book and was left wanting more.

Overall I highly recommend this for fans of reality TV as well as those who are interested in racial, sexual, and body image pozjer in popular culture.

My before reading comments- This is reslity I believe: It should be noted that many of Ponzer’s critiques of mass media still stand, even with “scripted” television. Pozner aims a critical, analytical lens at a trend most people dismiss as harmless fluff.

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. A must read for feminists and media critics. We Should All Be Feminists. And while I can’t say that I’ll be giving up reality TV altogether, I’ll certainly be viewing it with a more discerning eye.

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

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. Dec 19, Cinnamon rated it it was amazing. You submitted the following rating and review. I’m not much of a reality tv fan.

Appropriate culture and empty your privileged wallets at the same time! Budding teenage feminists, reality TV enthusiasts.