How the Media Constructs Reality
(or perhaps always already knew) to be the illusion of the real.” —Jennifer Stromer-Galley, Syracuse University “Gunn Enli offers an important new way to think about the history of reality as presented by the media. The book demonstrates how the media secure public faith, as well as why people’s faith in the media breaks down over time.” —Lynn Spigel, Northwestern University “A fascinating study of the ambiguity at the heart of all mediated communication. Real or not? True or not? Authentic…or not? In Mediated Authenticity Gunn Enli deftly examines how radio, television, and social media construct reality and how global audiences respond to them. An invaluable contribution to current international research into reality TV and beyond.” —Paddy Scannell, University of Michigan Gunn Enli (Ph.D., University of Oslo) is Associate Professor in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Oslo. m ediated authenticity E N L I P E T E R L A N G www.peterlang.com This book explores the paradox of mediated authenticity—the idea that our understanding of society is based on mediated representations of reality. Gunn Enli argues that mediated authen- ticity is established through negotiations between producers and audiences in what is coined the “authenticity contract.” Sometimes the contract is broken, leading to authenticity scandals and the need to renegotiate this contract. These moments of truth, some of which are analysed in this book, are important moments in media history. Through case studies, this book exam- ines mediated authenticity in broadcast and...
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