The Drama of Reality Television

Lives of Youth in Liquid Modern Times


In The Drama of Reality Television: Lives of Youth in Liquid Modern Times, the author offers a glimpse into the lives, viewing habits, and opinions of today’s Generation Z. While reality television is quite often viewed as just a guilty pleasure, the conversations that the author had with young people show that reality television is a major pedagogical force in the lives of young viewers.

This is compounded by our current liquid modern time period; a time in which everything is fluid, there are no solid bonds and people are disposable. The author shares the incredible conversations that she had with seven honest, insightful pre-teenagers to give us a deeper understanding of the ways in which just a ‘guilty pleasure’ is working to deeply impact the lives of young people.
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Biographical Note

Danielle T. Ligocki, Ed.D. (2015), Lewis University, is an Assistant Professor of Education at Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. She spent 11 years teaching junior high before joining Oakland University. She has published articles focused on her work with young people, including "Using the Algebra Classroom as a Site for Social Justice" ( Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis, 2017).

Table of contents

1 Introduction
 1 Researcher Positionality
 2 Focus of Research
 3 Living in a Neoliberal Society
 4 Living in a Liquid Society
 5 Limitations

2 Liquid Modernity: What Is It and How Does It Play a Role in the Lives of Young People?
 1 What Is Liquid Modernity?
 2 Lack of Solid Bonds
 3 Oversharing, Surveillance and the Lack of a Private Life
 4 Disposability and a Culture of Consumption
 5 Insensitivity
 6 No Sense of Community and Disintegration of the Social Network
 7 Why Liquid Modernity and Reality Television?
 8 Critiques of Liquid Modernity

3 Critical Media Literacy and Reality Television
 1 Reality Television
 2 History of Reality Television
 3 Implications of Reality Television
 4 Need for Critical Media Literacy

4 It’s All about the Drama!
 1 Jasmine
 2 Malaysia
 3 Brian
 4 John
 5 Marty
 6 Brittany
 7 Jake
 8 Themes
 9 Notion of Drama
 10 Extent of Reality
 11 Influence on Lives and Identities
 12 Concept of Disposability
 13 Creation of Media Selves
 14 Emphasis on Stereotyping
 15 Conclusion

5 Conclusion
 1 What I Learned from the Research
 2 Critical Recognition of Stereotypes
 3 Looking Forward
 4 Conclusion



Those involved in shaping the lives of today’s youth – teachers, parents, researchers and even pre-service teachers.

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