Reality television and the demotic turn

Turner, Graeme (2014). Reality television and the demotic turn. In Laurie Oullette (Ed.), A companion to reality TV (pp. 309-323) Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118599594.ch17

Author Turner, Graeme
Title of chapter Reality television and the demotic turn
Title of book A companion to reality TV
Place of Publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Publication Year 2014
Sub-type Research book chapter (original research)
DOI 10.1002/9781118599594.ch17
Open Access Status
ISBN 9780470659274
Editor Laurie Oullette
Chapter number 17
Start page 309
End page 323
Total pages 15
Total chapters 29
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
In Understanding Celebrity (2004), and in a number of other publications, the author's discussion of reality television was situated within an exploration of what he described as “the demotic turn.” This term was coined to describe a broad trend that has seen ordinary people become increasingly visible (and audible) as they are turned into media content. Reality television allows us to watch this process unfold in front of our eyes. This chapter discusses two particular aspects of this claim – that television now plays an enhanced, perhaps even a structural, role in the production of cultural identities. The first of these is a relatively specific argument that relates to the manner in which the transnational trade in formats contributes to this process. The second issue is that there is reason for concern if, among other things, we are convinced that television is increasingly engaged in the construction of cultural identities.
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