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[Nettime-nl] vergelijkend warenonderzoek: Endemol's Big Brother & Shakes
geert lovink on Mon, 28 Jul 2003 00:42:57 +0200 (CEST)


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[Nettime-nl] vergelijkend warenonderzoek: Endemol's Big Brother & Shakespeare'sThe Taming of the Shrew


Please note details of the forthcoming seminar being presented by John
Hartley on 1 August 2003.

CREATIVE INDUSTRIES RESEARCH AND APPLICATIONS CENTRE (CIRAC)

Friday 1st August, 2003 from 12.00noon to 2.00pm
V714, GP

'KISS ME KAT': SHAKESPEARE, BIG BROTHER,
AND THE TAMING OF THE SELF.

PRESENTER:

John Hartley:
Throughout his 25-year career, John Hartley has been at the forefront of
cultural, media and journalism studies. He pioneered the study of
contemporary television, journalism and popular culture from a cultural
and communication perspective, and has authored and co-authored more
than a dozen books in these areas. His works have been translated into
ten languages.

Abstract:
This paper is about the democratisation of playing. The performance of
the self is now done by citizens for themselves and for each other, not
by actors. The source of meaning is now located in the consumer, not the
producer. The creation of meaning is now an editorial or 'redactional'
act, not an authorial one. Big Brother is a latter day version of
Shakespeare.

The paper:
* compares Endemol's  Big Brother with Shakespeare's The Taming of the
Shrew;

* analyses the character and reception of Katrina Miani from Big Brother;

* indicates some long term trends that can be observed in the differences
between Shakespeare's Katharina and BB's Kat.

'Kiss me Kat' is due for publication later this year in a book on reality
TV: Startling! Heartbreaking! Real! Reality TV and the Re-making of
Television Culture, edited by Susan Murray (NYU) and Laurie Ouellette
(Rutgers), New York University Press.

Creative Industries Research and Applications Centre
Queensland University of Technology
GPO Box 2434  Brisbane  Qld  4001

Ph: 07 3864 4111
Fax:07 3864 1031
e-mail: b3.lee {AT} qut.edu.au


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