LIFE AS ENTERTAINMENT
Today's entertainment industry is eliminating the gap
between real life and fantasy. Popular television shows like Big Brother
turn ordinary life into an engaging drama. Virtual worlds like Second
Life give users a chance to recreate themselves with the click of a button.
But how real is reality entertainment. In this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge we'll explore the gray area where real life meets
Nick Hitchon is one of the participants in Michael
Apted's Seven Up series of documentaries that checks in on the lives
of ordinary people every seven years. Hitchon is now a 49 year old engineering
professor at the University of Wisconsin. He talks with Anne Strainchamps
about the project and the effect it has had on his life. We also hear
clips from the Apted series.
Emily Gould became an Internet celebrity for
her writing on Gawker, a popular New York City blog. She talks with
Anne Strainchamps about the far more revealing writing she did about
her personal life at another site, her personal blog - Heartbreak Soup.
Gould has written about her blog experience for the New York Times Magazine.
Also, Tom Bollestorff is an anthropologist at UC Irvine and author
of "Coming of Age in Second Life." He describes what virtual
on-line worlds like "Second Life" are and how they work.
Laurie Oullette is a media scholar at the University
of Minnesota and co-author of "Better Living through Reality TV."
She tells Steve Paulson how reality TV manipulates the lives of its
participants. But we watch it anyway: she got hooked on reality TV the
first season it started. Also, Bill Wasik is a senior editor
at Harper's magazine. He tells Jim Fleming about the craze he started
flash mobs seemingly random gatherings of complete strangers
doing something out of the ordinary.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 08-07-20-B.
|Tom Boellstorff, Coming of
Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human
|Laurie Ouellette, Better Living
Through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship
Series - 5 DVD set (First Run Features)
- -Music and sound recorded in Second Life -"Repose"
by ChouChou, a Second Life-based group (http://www.myspace.com/chouchouholic)
- -"Everywhen" by Massive Attack, 100th
Window (Virgin Records)
- -"Small Time Shot Away" by Massive
Attack, 100th Window (Virgin Records)
- -"Protection" by Massive Attack, Protection
- -"Exchange" by Massive Attack, Mezzanine
week of 07/26/2009 - hour 1
week of 07/20/2008 - hour 2
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