those who want “surveillance portrayed as benign” benefit from reality TV.

those who want “surveillance portrayed as benign” benefit from reality TV.
The author of Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched says that those who benefit from reality TV “are not the shows’ cast members … or ordinary viewers … but the marketers, advertisers and corporate executives who have a large stake in seeing surveillance portrayed as benign,” The New York Times reports. Instead, Mark Andrejevic argues that “the reality genre appears to fulfill the democratic promise of the emerging interactive economy, turning passive cultural consumers into active ones who can star on shows or vote on their outcomes.” Instead, the Times summarizes, it’s “a scam: propaganda for a new business model that only pretends to give consumers more control while in fact subjecting them to increasingly sophisticated forms of monitoring and manipulation.”

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