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.
I've been trying to think of related precedents to this phenomenon of a producer
constructing a series of relationships and then filming/taping them as if they
were "naturally" occurring--a kind of lab experiment to see what happens when
you throw a bunch of unrelated guinea pigs into the same cage. It resonates, in
different ways, with _An American Family_ (the pseudo-verite scrutiny of
"private" life), yet also with _The Monkees_ (a group created by the show's
producers), and similarly, there's something strangely akin to _The Brady Bunch_
going on here, too (the amalgamated family). Any thoughts?
Pam Wilson
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