Are you tired of reality TV stereotypes like the Desperate Bachelorette, the Angry Black Woman, and the Douchebag Dude? If you said yes, then here's another question: Have you been watching Jenn Pozner's new web series Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn? If not, you're missing out on some great media criticism (and some entertaining videos). Each episode of Reality Rehab interrogates a different reality television stereotype (good thing there are lots to choose from). Check out the trailer:
One of the great things about these webisodes is that Pozner not only critiques the stereotypes, she offers suggestions for how they might improve and reasons why they exist in the first place. Go Team Critical Thinking! She also provides page numbers from her book, Reality Bites Back, so that you can see which lines of dialogue were taken verbatim from popular reality shows. Yes, many of these outrageous conversations are reenacted WORD FOR WORD. (Of course, those of us who've spent time watching reality shows are hardly surprised by this, but then what does that say about reality television?) Here's another installment:
There are currently seven episodes of Reality Rehab up on the Reality Bites Back YouTube channel, with one more to come. Take a peek! We can all make a little time in our days for some fun with media literacy, right?