Spectacle: An Unscripted History of Reality TV
Publisher: Neon Hum Media
Critic Rating: 5.0/5
Reality TV is dismissed as guilty pleasure, low brow... even trash. But whether you want to admit it or not, you probably have heard of Snooki, Lisa Vanderpump or Kim Kardashian. Over the past 30 years, reality TV has become a place to see the social and political moment play out in real time -- from racial tensions on The Real World New York to gender dynamics on The Bachelor. On this season, join host Mariah Smith as she dissects the history of the genre one show at a time, revealing how it's shaped our culture and how our culture shaped...
Emma Carey - Esquire - Jul 14, 2021
"A must-listen for reality TV fans and haters alike, Smith unveils the intersections of politics, culture, and reality TV in an episode-by-episode format that’s as bingeable as Love Island. …"
Jess Joho - Mashable - Jun 19, 2021
"With the help of a host of other insightful experts, it leaves no facet of this influential cultural force unturned."
George Fenwick - Stuff NZ - May 23, 2021
"It’s surprisingly profound, and it delves into what these shows really reflect about human nature. In short, this will equip you with a number of defences any time someone tells you watching reality TV is a waste of time. It’s not! It’s sociology!"
Eliana Dockterman - Time.com - May 20, 2021
"...a 10-episode brief history of the genre and argues that reality TV has reflected and shaped some of the biggest cultural shifts in our country...It’s also just good fun to relive some of the greatest and most shocking moments in TV history..."
Nicholas Quah - Vulture - May 7, 2021
"Smith delivers a whip-smart study of the genre’s fundamental meaning and how it literalizes the notion of the media being a reflection of a society’s sense of itself."
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