Big Brother international: formats, critics and publics

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Wallflower Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 261 pages
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Big Brother is one of the key cultural phenomena to mark the move into the twenty-first century. Both scandal and commercial hit, it has revolutionised television practice, changing the status of live multimedia events and challenging cultural theory. Big Brother International: Formats, Critics and Publics tells the story of its international impact. It chronicles many of the most striking moments of the show's global career, from the sexual exploits in Italy, near bans in Germany and Africa and the cheating of Nasty Nick, to American attempts at sabotage, putting these events in perspective by linking them to their respective cultural contexts and media audiences. This multinational volume includes essays on Big Brother Africa, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, Uruguay and the US. Media scholars from around the world have collaborated to compose an integrated view on Big Brother as a first step in our relationship with media culture in the twenty-first century.

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Contents

Acknowledgements
1866
Reappraising the Role
1886
Watching Big Brother
1902
Copyright

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Ernest Mathijs is assistant professor of film and theater studies at the University of British Columbia.

Janet Jones is lecturer at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth. Ernest Mathijs is lecturer in film studies at the University of Wales in Aberystwyth, and co-editor of "Alternative Europe" and "The Cinema of the Low Countries" (both Wallflower Press, 2004).

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