What is the appeal of structured-reality television programming to post-adolescent audiences?

Bate, Alexandra (2015) What is the appeal of structured-reality television programming to post-adolescent audiences? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    A broad research study into the appeal of structured-reality television with particular focus on British programmes 'The Only Way is Essex' and 'Made in Chelsea' and their relationship with post-adolescents. Using small focus groups with a majority female sample of post-adolescent individuals, the research aims to investigate issues surrounding structured-reality television.
    The focus groups examines areas such social activities, the interaction between viewer and the programming and the importance of authenticity and relatability when it comes to viewer enjoyment. The focus group research exposed that the social elements attached to structured-reality television, such as its utilisation of social media and integration into gossip culture, is particularly appealing for this age group. Additionally, the study begins to distinguish the relationship between characters and audience members and how programming might be a reflection of the viewer’s attitudes, aspirations and social life, particularly for this audience.
    Conclusively, the study identifies and recognises the complex relationship between audience members and this type of programming and how this inflicts the programmes overall appeal.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries > School of Creative Technologies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 15:27
    Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 15:27
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/17566

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