Confronting Reality: An Introduction to Television Documentary

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Manchester University Press, Nov 15, 1997 - Performing Arts - 272 pages
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This lively introduction to television documentaries spotlights their history, production and reception, principal forms and functions and their adaptation to today’s programming needs. What impact has television's growing commercialisation had on the type of documentary broadcast? What has led to the introduction of an increasing number of hybridised forms? These questions are addressed within an examination of the role of institutions, documentary’s 'special relationship' with the real, and an insight into how audiences interpret the documentaries they view. Confronting reality has been written with the requirements of media studies students in mind, yet it is a must for everyone concerned with recording reality in the fast-changing world of television today.

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Mapping out the terrain
How real can you get?
Shaping the real

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Richard Kilborn is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Film and Media Studies at the University of Stirling. John Izod is Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Senior Lecturer in Film and Media Studies at the University of Stirling.

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