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Jeremy Butler <[log in to unmask]>
Mon, 21 Feb 1994 17:53:43 CST
Message of Sun, 20 Feb 1994 13:29:00 PST from <IZZYRL7@UCLAMVS>
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On Sun, 20 Feb 1994 13:29:00 PST Potter Palmer said:
>> Does anyone know of any work that has been done about the MTV-produced serial
>> _The Real World_? Any good critical articles would be helpful.
>extended period, edits out all of the non-dramatic and non-confrontational
>moments and then presents the remaining material in a very stylized way,
Yes, but actually it thrives on the confrontational moments between the
participants.  The producers' inclusion, in both seasons, of
one person from outside of New York/Los Angeles (one from Alabama, one from
Kentucky) was an obvious attempt to provoke cultural clashes.
Without the confrontations the program would have had no conflict to
capitalize on.
>Note: there was an article in Rolling Stone about a month and a half ago about
>"The Real World". As I remember, it was a fairly good article.
I think that's where I saw a description of the REEL WORLD (first season)
trip to Jamaica where they were almost assaulted for videotaping a
reggae performance--footage that never made it to MTV.
And there's a short piece in TV GUIDE (5/23/92) on the first season:
"A Slice of Reel Life."  It's lightweight criticism, of course, but it
provides some background information.
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