Referring to Lucy Dayman’s post: Week 5 Geography, Culture and TV (US & Australia)
“Definitely agree that the American Kath and Kim missed the mark completely! Even just the simple idea of using established actors, let alone the attractive and thin Selma Blair as the ironic and hilarious Kim, glosses over the whole point of the show (in my opinion): the mockumentary style documenting the banality of their achievements and aspirations. Another Americanized show that has completely failed is Skins. The most ridiculous part of this remake I think is that the storyline and script are word for word, with only jokes and references being exchanged, for example the line: “I’m going to dock the ferry with Michelle?” to “I’m going to park my Chevy in Michelle’s garage?”
I actually find this a bit insulting, the simple fact that references have to be changed so that the audience ‘gets’ it, and makes me question if the producers really took the time to know their audience at all!”
Referring to Zach Ribert’s post: Geographies
“Great post, Zach, I really enjoy your writing style! I very much agree with the ideas you brought up about how different levels of knowledge of a culture or subject will affect how you perceive a TV show (or really anything at all, when you think about it). I am huge anime fan, I learnt Japanese in school and have also been to Japan twice – I absolutely adore the culture and the people are the most welcoming and lovely I have ever had the pleasure of interacting with on a whole. So in some way I have this experience of Japan, but yet watching the show Tokyo Love Story was a completely different Japan to the one I had personally seen and experienced.
I wonder if you had watched any Australian TV shows before you came here, and how the TV experience differs from the real-life experience, and how you will watch Australian TV shows from now on? Even after visiting Europe this past winter, I watch movies set in Paris and Rome completely differently now, thinking, “Oh, I’ve been there! I know exactly where that is and what it REALLY looks like in real life without these lights and cameras!” or when you recognise the difference between a stereotype being portrayed and how the people might actually act.”
Referring to Steph Payne’s post: defining reality Television, its place in society, audience reception and the biggest loser
Hi Steph ☺ I really liked the idea you brought up that: “The idea of surveillance that we are granted in a sense privilege to watch these people in their natural state. But is it their natural state or are they performing?”
One thing I really struggle with getting my head around with reality TV is that, even though we label it as reality, it clearly isn’t reality! It certainly isn’t reality for your every move to be filmed in a house with 12 other people for three months while partaking in random tasks dictated by a never seen authority figure! But I think one thing reality TV does do is take an aspect of life and boil it down and blow it back up until it is a satirical distortion of itself: one of my favourite reality shows is America’s Next Top Model and I think it works well as this kind of metaphor of the competitive nature of modeling and the lengths people will go to in order to achieve success.