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Structured Reality TV and Social Class

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on 29 November 2013

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Transcript of Structured Reality TV and Social Class

Structured Reality TV and Social Class
Social Class + Inequality
"Steph Hendry explores the social, economic and historical contexts of the representations of class in structured reality TV shows, and wonders whether their entertainment values are distracting us from the realities of class inequality today."
Since the start of the recession and economic struggle in 2008 more people are worried about the financial crisis. It is been a large talking point for several years. Does reality TV create a suspension of disbelief for the audience, allowing them to escape from the real social problems and allowing them to see how the upper class and the other have lives.

Media Text Application
Both Made in Chelsea and Geordie Shore are showing two very different groups of people for entertainment purposes. We (the audience) have given the cast of Geordie Shore their status unlike in Made in Chelsea- they have or have had someone work to get to where they are. But regardless of this, we (the audience) still watch the programmes to see how ‘the other half’ live which gratifies (Bulmer & Katz) the audience with some sort of escapism from reality as they can engage themselves in another lifestyle they're not used too.
Marxism states that their is a class inequality within society. Both Made in Chelsea and Geordie Shore reflect the class inequality to their audiences. The variety of mise-en-scene within the media texts encapsulates how the upper class live. Shots of VIP areas in clubs are used in both media texts to dominate and over-power the audiences with their class quality.
By accessing and viewing the reality programmes, the institution are provoking Marxism, as it makes the audiences want to view the media texts, ultimately making the bourgeoisie (the cast and institution) richer. This has also promoted capitalism as the rich are staying rich due to the hegemonic ideology of the upper class.
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