researcher: “Big Brother appeals to viewers who want to feel they are in control.”

researcher: “Big Brother appeals to viewers who want to feel they are in control.”
Studying the UK’s Big Brother 3, a researcher has found that “[a] key factor in holding the audience’s attention is the sense of empowerment,” and that “the ability to influence the outcome by voting gives viewers feelings of control.” She also found that the majority of the program’s audience is female, and suggests that “could reflect differences in how the sexes approach television,” the BBC reports.

Review: Married at First Sight

Marriage At First Sight

In an era of Tinder and Grindr, instant acceptance or dismissal of a potential partner, or instant sex with another body, Married at First Sight offers the thrill of watching strangers deal with the very basics of relationships.

Beyond the headline-grabbing premise, the series has turned out to be a stripped-down, authentic exploration of something very interesting. Read the full review.

about the writer

Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.