Reinforcing the myth : constructing Australian identity in 'reality TV'

Price, Emma 2010, Reinforcing the myth : constructing Australian identity in 'reality TV', Continuum : journal of media & cultural studies, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 451-459.

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Title Reinforcing the myth : constructing Australian identity in 'reality TV'
Author(s) Price, Emma
Journal name Continuum : journal of media & cultural studies
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 451
End page 459
Total pages 10
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2010-01
ISSN 1030-4312
Summary The current incarnation of ‘reality TV’ in Australia has a strong focus on the portrayal of everyday life. Although based on ‘real’ situations or people, there is a clear tension between ideas of authenticity and performance.  As a global phenomenon, ‘reality’ formats are produced for local audiences by highlighting aspects of the national culture and identity, with format popularity directly linked to identification and affirmation of the spectacle of ‘reality’. This paper will analyse the use of popular Australian myth in ‘reality’ formats by charting narrative and character construction as an ‘illusory everyday’, with reference to Bondi Rescue (Cordell Jigsaw). The paper will examine the representation of Australian identity through both myth and construction in ‘reality TV’ as the perpetuation of a cultural simulation. Implications for research on the genre and the industry are also discussed.
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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