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Global Pop / Vigilante: Reflexivity, Value, And The Production Of Reality In Indonesia, Aaron M. Shapiro Aug 2009

Global Pop / Vigilante: Reflexivity, Value, And The Production Of Reality In Indonesia, Aaron M. Shapiro

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Reality television lays claim to 'the real' with a reflexive aesthetic. With increasing confusion between the act of mediation (production process) and the object of that mediation (product), reality television appears to lay bare its foundations, the televisual claim to the real, so as to democratize the relationship between production power and reception power. By studying the production of reality television ethnographically, one can witness how the reflexivity that, as a convention, aesthetically indexes reality can extend beyond the parameters of the media itself and into the lives of its producers. This thesis looks at the reflexive media practices of ...