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Reality Squared: Televisual Discourse on the Real. Ed. James Friedman. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2002.
Reality television demands our attention. As reality programming floods the networks and the first all-reality channel is launched, television studies must assess this phenomenon. What does the genre's success reflect about popular culture? How will it influence the television industry? How does it revise our understanding of the "real" and visual representation?
While cultural critics have discussed television's representations of "reality," we are only starting to explicate the most recent cycle of reality-based programming dating from the 1980s. Reality Squared is a rich contribution to this emerging field. It is the first collection to address …