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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 4 Books for Women by Women, today we have Jennifer Pozner!






Our Author today is Jennifer...he Jennifer...nice to see you ! 

She was the cheerleader for our Red White and Blue 
and YOU Stitch ME Up this coming March! 



Reality Bits Back the Troubling Truth about Guilty Pleasure TV

Jennifer L. Pozner

About the Author:
Jennifer Pozner is a widely published journalist, an anti-racist feminist., media commentator who has appeared on NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News Now, GRITtv, Democracy Now!, National Public Radio,  Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Joe Scarborough.
She founded and is executive director of Women In Media & News .
She is the managing editor of WIMN’s Voices.
And also very easy to reach and chat with on Twitter.

Let's now take a look at her book and what she is trying to tell us with this work.

As Pozner explains, her task in Reality Bites Back is to turn a "critical, analytical lens at how women are portrayed throughout a form of entertainment often dismissed as harmless fluff."  She begins by exposing just how little "reality" goes into the making of reality television; careful casting, writing, and editing combine to produce the "unscripted" schlock that has become a mainstay of network and cable programming.  But Pozner's primary concern is not that these shows are not "real."  Rather, Pozner worries that reality shows have all too real--and harmful--effects on the way we view the world.  And, indeed, over the course of the text, Pozner demonstrates just that.  Weaving together evidence from every reality show that I have ever heard of, Pozner argues that shows like The Bachelor and The Real Housewives play to and profoundly strengthen social biases, particularly those that demean and undermine women.  

Why does it matter?  Isn't it just stupid entertainment?  Drawing on research by communications scholars, Pozner explains that television shapes the way that people make sense of the world.  The unreality of reality television thus influences people's expectations and values.  The solution to this cultural problem, as Pozner sees it, is to educate viewers and help us all watch television with a more critical eye.  With that in mind, Pozner uses the final two chapters of her book to offer tips on how to encourage others to think critically about their own TV guilty pleasures.  

I will leave it up to you the reader to decide how you feel, after you read this book.
If you want an in depth analysis of Reality TV this is the book for you! If you enjoy gender studies, this is for you. It would also make a wonderful college textbook for any gender studies class.

Thanks to Pozner for opening our eyes to reality TV.

Thanks Jane and Jennifer,  very insightful indeed!

This book will be gifted !

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72 comments:

  1. I try not to watch to much tv period. I would love to go back in time for the funny sitcoms!

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  2. I don't have trouble with the TV, but woe is me with the computer.

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  3. I have found that TV is really a waste of time. All the stations have gone to reality shows, even the science and educational channels. I have a friend who is sooo into reality TV and believes it really is real! Give me a good book any time. jbechosend at sbcglobal dot net

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  4. I am so excited to win the Beautiful YOU book! And Aurifil thread is the only thread I use, but I only have neutrals for piecing. I'm a color girl, and my eyes popped when I saw those gorgeous colors of thread! I'm speechless!!! Thanks to Mdm Samm & all the wonderful sponsors! Yippee!!!!

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  5. I'm so glad to see that someone is speaking out about the "reality" of Reality TV! It reminds me of wrestling years ago when people believed it was real. There's nothing real about Reality TV! I would love to see more information available about what really goes on in the creation of these shows.

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  6. I watch little TV as there are so many 'brain dead' shows - loved the era of comedies and variety shows.

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  7. I like to watch on TV also something that I know for sure it isn't real to wash my mind for a while and forget daily runs and stress. Thank you for the chance to win these prizes. Barbara from Italy

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  8. Reality TV makes a mockery of serious subjects - courtships, trust, alliances, etc. I can't waste my time on them. It has been years since I took a Women's Studies class, so I am interested in Ms. Pozner's book. swalker287 at gmail dot com.

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  9. I can't stand reality TV. I have long thought it shallow and disruptive to real life. I too miss sitcoms and variety shows. I don't watch hardly any TV any more. I have better things to do with my time...like sew!

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  10. Sounds like an interesting book! It is hard to find a night when there're isn't a reality show. I usually avoid the reality TV shows but I will admit I watch The Amazing Race to see the countries they visit! For the most part, I watch movies as I sit in my quilting chair. Thanks for the chance!

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  11. Reality TV shows never did become part of my viewing choices. There is so much unreality in them. For my unreality I choose the murder mysteries LOL or a good book .

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  12. Reality TV shows never did become part of my viewing choices. There is so much unreality in them. For my unreality I choose the murder mysteries LOL or a good book .

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  13. Sounds like a great book. I cringe at alot of what passes for entertainment on TV these days. Thought it was just the old fuddy duddy in me. Thanks.

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  14. Sounds like a very interesting book. I don't typically watch reality tv... except for 'Hoarders', then after watching the show, I go on a complete cleaning frenzy. I am usually found either in my sewing room at night or in my favorite chair quilting or working on some sort of handiwork. Yes, I am watching TV, but usually a movie. My favortie shows at the moment are 'Castle' and 'Parenthood'.... Thank you for the chance to win!

    cindy.at.quiltdoodledesigns.dot.com

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  15. I don't watch reality television but I know many who are hooked on it. The whole concept is disturbing at best since so often only the worst of our human frailties is portrayed. Sounds like a very interesting book! blessings, marlene

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  16. I watch some reality TV I have to admit. Not too much. I love my America's Next Top Model.. my favorite!! Can't stand some of those others :( Big Booo!! Thank you for these great giveaway chances!

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  17. I'm not a reality fan. For the most part "reality" is simply not part of the format. I watch enough TV as it is, and I try to be a little bit choosy of how I'm wasting my time!

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  18. There is something to be said about quilters, judging from the majority of your comments, you all agree reality tv is not popular.
    However someone must be watching otherwise we would not have the majority of so called Television dedicated to this area.
    Again judging from this snapshot of responses, I am pleased to be included among you who feel selective about their tv viewing. Great review and Jennifer's book is fascinating to my cerebral side.

    Thank you Madame for giving us something to bite into this morning!

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  19. I think this book is very important because our youth may think that what they see on TV reality shows is in fact real , I really do not care for reality TV shows at all and try to watch something worthwhile. Thanks for introducing us to Jennifer and what appears like an awesome book .

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  20. Heard on NPR yesterday that the Discovery Channel cancelled Dirty Jobs and then the commentary turned to all the ongoing reality shows continuing that are not respectful and that they routinely ask the viewers to laugh and be derisive to the cast. I do not have pay tv so get limited channels and have not watched many of these programs... ...my 12 year old enjoys The Voice though so I guess we are not above watching it...would rather watch Nature or Downton Abby though... Congrats to Teresa, what a wonderful prize.

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  21. You know; I got a kick out of realitly TV when it first started. But enough already!! Who wants to see the worst of someone's life on TV?

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  22. I really enjoy some of the reality tv like the music competition shows but lately it has been "dumbed" down. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  23. I think reality tv is one of the worst things to happen to television, ever! Yuck-o. I hardly even turn the tv on anymore.

    I do watch Masterpiece Classic, though!

    I'd rather be sewing and listening to music or books on tape.

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  24. I really don't watch very much tv....takes away from my time to be creative. I do watch PBS & some of the science shows. I can truthfully say I do not watch reality show....I don't watch reality..... I experience real life. It's so much more rewarding!

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  25. Just my two cents, but there's no "reality" in reality tv - I quilt instead!

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  26. Don't watch very much TV...I'd rather be quilting. It would be interesting to learn some about the process/inside scope of 'reality' TV.

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  27. Thank you Jennifer Pozner for bringing us a "realistic" book - one long over due in my opinion. Jane did a wonderful review and the sponsors are so generous. Judy C

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  28. The only TV I watch is the news ... and sometimes I think that needs a reality check!

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  29. Fascinating subject -- interesting to see if it has applicability to those of us who watch so little TV -- and rarely any reality TV. Prizes are fabulous!

    Thanks for all the effort and organization!

    Jan

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  30. Sounds like this book lets all the cats out of the bag!! Great review by Jane!!

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  31. Good morning Jennifer. My husband could sit and discuss this with you all day long. He calls reality television "mindless tv" and refuses to watch it. I don't care for it either but my youngest daughter eats and sleeps it. I wish she would tune in to other things because I find her relating to what she watches way too much!

    I know this would be an interesting read that I and my hubby would enjoy.

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  32. Rosemary B here:
    Hollywood is, well... immoral to put it mildly.
    This book appears to be a great analysis about the culture of today's television.
    Sadly, reality tv has a huge influence on young and impressionable, and perhaps old and impressionable as well.
    Wonderful review, Jane
    Thank you for the daily prizes and offers for giveaways
    Happy December!

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  33. I'm not a fan of reality TV, but I know so many people (including some of my children) who watch these shows. They say it is just funny to watch, but it looks like Jennifer has given us some insight that is worth reading about. Congratulations to Teresa on winning and thanks to those wonderful sponsors!

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  34. I can't stand "reality" tv, there's way too much of this tripe being broadcast these days. Television is given too much power to contort the truth as it is. I, personally, would rather open a book than turn on the tv, I watch so little of it now and when I do I gravitate to the public broadcasting networks for something will provoke thought and insight, other than fluff (I've got enough of that in my bobbin case) ;D
    Thank you once again :)

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  35. Reality is fun to watch but I know it is all scripted. I use TV to relax and do my hand stitching time. Nancy P.

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  36. My family jokes that I don't know what a tv is....I prefer to have my music and my crafts! However, I'm not as out of touch as they think! LOL This looks like a probing, thoughtful book, and might wake up some folks who think tv is just harmless. Great review, Jane, and thank you to Madame and the sponsors. Oh! And congrats to Teresa! :)

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  37. I'm not a big fan of some of the reality shows. Some are just plain trash. Plain and simple. I prefer more educational programming an classic films.

    Congrats to yesterday's winner!

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  38. Hi I really don´t see reality shows often, but I agree with the writer about the woman reality and what they want to show us, are two sides of the life.

    Have a nice day.

    Ale
    Costa Rica

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  39. This sounds like a book all of us need to read! I am not a fan of reality tv. In fact, I pretty much despise it! I don't even think news channels do a very good job of presenting the facts, but instead present what they consider the portions of the facts that will enhance their opinions.
    This is a true problem in our society today. We need to be very careful to not let the media determine how we think. People today love to be "shocked" and that is getting really difficult for the to do.
    I do love to sit and watch a good movie or a DIY type show. I even love to watch the crime shows like CSI, although I find it hilarious that my scientist husband will make so many comments like "Brother! That instrument can't do that type of assay!" or "Wow! That would take three days, not three seconds!" Reality TV? I think that's an oxymoron! Bravo, Jennifer!

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  40. Pretty pretty thread, congrats to Teresa! Reality TV. I'd rather sew or watch Downton Abbey :).

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  41. I thought Jane`s interview was good. I get the author`s point and appreciate her efforts, but I`m not interested. I do care about women and the strides or setbacks we face. However, why anyone would put themselves in situations, Reality TV, to be humiliated or look the fool for the world to see is beyond me.

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  42. Even though I don't watch reality TV (maybe a little of the singing ones), Jane makes this book sound like one I would really enjoy.

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  43. As reality tv is one of my pet peeves, this book could be interesting.... a good book beats reality tv, constant re-runs, and most news shows every day of the week.

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  44. Great post and a pretty neat book. thanks for sharing!!

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  45. Sounds like an interesting read. I'm not a fan of reality TV.

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  46. I got hooked on reality TV for a while when I was home, but I just can't stand to watch it anymore. After a bit you see it is the same over and over, very demeaning to everyone. I'm so glad there is a book to address this as I see some of my friends watch shows that are so horrible. Sad that these shows get such great ratings too! Thanks for the review :)

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  47. I think Jennifer is spot on about TV in general. That whole "public consciousness" affects us all way more than we realize, I suspect. And is relevant to yesterday's book, too, because we compare ourselves against a variety of fantasy images. Don't get me started, lol.

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  48. I enjoyed reading the book review, however I've never been a fan of "reality" TV.

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    1. I am enjoying the comments as much as the review. I too am disappointed in the choices on television these days. Someone mentioned that we are not shocked by anything these days. I am shocked by the amount of revenue these networks gain by not scheduling and starring real actors. I look forward to each days book title. Hugz Karen B.

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  49. All entertainment affects us; even if we dismiss it as fluff, the depiction of people as nasty or shallow or stupid is still a depiction - over and over and over again. People can't help but absorb the message. It's not just one gender either - many men are depicted as hapless fools. "Scripted reality" is a phrase that sums up the current television era I think - do't you agree?

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  50. Enjoyed the review. Sounds like an interesting read.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Wow. This actually looks pretty interesting :) Nice!

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  52. We would watch more tv if they had not removed all of our quilting programs! Thanks for the book reviews.

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  53. I don't watch much tv anymore. There is little that is worth the time, besides which, I would rather quilt or knit.

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  54. I don't have time to watch TV any more...I should be quilting but I'm so busy checking out all the blogs I have found through the blog hops you have held! My four-legged lap dog loves it because I'm sitting and she can cuddle with me...TV is on for background noise, but the blogs are so much fun and so inspirational! Great book review...love to read and always have at least 2 books going! Thank you!!

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  55. Love critical works on our society's entertainment. It really does shape how we think now but also provides some historical context for generations from now. What will they think of the programming out there now?!

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  56. Great book, and wonderful review Jane. I think the only "reality" tv should be the news, but even it sometimes contains "editorial" comment, or opinions. Seems, from the comments, that quilters have learned to use their time wisely and not waste it.

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  57. I hate reality TV.....it should be Banned.. but I do see a trend where women are becoming strong vilians. I dont watch TV, even the cooking shows anymore. As soon as a woman gets to popular there, We Bash her and "WE" women are the best at doing that. Congrats to the winner, But were all Winners. I hope I get some reading time soon, but I have a Book on my night stand to start with,, my as Madame, she has some cool tricks.. LOL..

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  58. The sponsors are very generous. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  59. Sounds like an interesting book to read.

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  60. now this is an interesting topic as I know many who enjoy reality tv.
    I enjoy a few comedies and dramas.
    But I would agree that even some of those would be considered fluff and may have me looking at them a little differently in the future.
    thanks again for enlightening us, even if just a wee bit sew far....
    in stitches

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  61. This book does sound very good. I have never watched much reality tv. I will put this on my new book list. Thanks.

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  62. The reality is.....no TV for 40 years and I really haven't missed it. I do find that my computer takes up to much time, but it is mostly cooking and sewing/quilting blog. Love your blog, the post, the generous giveaways and sponsors!

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  63. My reality is a preference for Movies and will do some serial tv watching. Luckily, I don't really care for those reality shows that seems to expand hiccups and differences within relationships.
    Lovely giveaways and your organizational skills with all you (and the sponsors) share on the web are appreciated. Merry Christmas! Jane

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  64. Thanks for the book review. I am not a fan of a reality tv show.

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  65. This looks like a very interesting book. I don't understand the facination with reality tv and have always thought they were edited to produce a desired outcome. Reality just doesn't work that way.

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  66. I appreciate this concise book review. As soon as I'd read into the 1st paragraph I knew I will buy the book for my DIL. Thanks so much for this whole blog hop.

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  67. My husband and I started watching "Survivor" at the beginning and do enjoy the program. We see and talke about some of the stuff that goes on - it has led to conversations that we ordinarily wouldn't talk about. Saying that, I really don't care for the other reality TV that's out there. Watching celebrities in their homes totally turns me off and most of the others I've watched just seem outlandish. This book sounds like it's saying all the things I've felt about reality TV. I'd like to read it and have added it to my list.

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  68. Looks like I'm the minority here. I like reality TV ... not ALL of it, but there are some shows I like to watch. To me they are just entertainment, nothing more. By the way, I'm not wasting time while watching it. I have a television in my sewing room.

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  69. Fascinating topic, I'd like to see how she handles it. Reality TV is so popular, but sometimes I have to wonder why. Most of the time, it isn't depicting "reality" at all. Goodness, if someone took a camera to my life, I don't think they'd find much most people would consider entertaining TV.

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  70. Interesting post. Is reality tv real? Or scripted? I watch some of the reality shows but some of them go too far and are not even entertainment anymore.

    Thank you and all the Sponsors for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

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