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Reality Bites Back by Jennifer L. Pozner
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May 05, 12

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Read from April 27 to May 05, 2012

Although written in 2009, published in 2010 and therefore a bit outdated (It's hard to keep up with the Kardashians), this book is a well-researched and convincing case against America's love affair with reality TV. Even if you're already in the choir that it preaches to, Reality Bites Back provides excellent talking points for conversations with devotees of The Bachelor, America's Next Top Model, Real Housewives and others of its ilk. Even though it's a bit repetitive, the exposing of the sexist, racist, and classist messages that reality TV intentionally puts out moves readers to join the debate and take action. To lighten the mood, the author provides a lively final section on deconstruction guides, viewing games, and critical thinking tools connected to reality TV.
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