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Maarten--
 
Bill Nichols published a book of essays about Reality TV last year, though
the title escape's me at the moment.
 
Also, Robert Stam has a great article called "TV News and Its Spectator"
in the anthology Regarding Television, which I beleive was published as
BFI monograph, though I could be wrong.  I think E. Ann Kaplan is one of
the editors, and in the same book there's good work by Margaret Morse on
the subject.  Morse has another piece, I think on Talk Television--or
matbe it's the one on sports-- which
I think was published in Screen sometime in mid-late Eighties, and which looks
kind of dated now, but is still useful.
 
Also, Avital Ronnel (sp?) published a more theoretical and experimental,
interesting
piece on the Rodney King beatings in the journal differences sometime
around 92.
 
Vivian Sobchack's article "Inscribing Ethical Space: Ten Propositions on
Death and Documentary" is essential in this area, if you ask me.  See also
Mary Ann Doane's piece in Logics of Television (anthology, Mellencamp),
which is of definite conceptual importance.
 
Miriam White's Book Tele-Advising: Therepeutic Strategies of Discourse . .
. might be useful.  Also, you should look at Michael Renov's anthology
Theorizing Documentary (Routledge), since there are a few relevent
articles in there.  John Hartley and John Fiske also published a book
some years ago that was important early stuff; parts of Fiske's
Television Culture take up relevent programs and issues.  There is a bunch of
other stuff, including at
least one book newly published here in the U.S. on talk TV, the name of
which also currently escapes me.
Nichols' bibliography, I suppose, should include at least some of it.
 
 
Hope that gets you started.
 
Rich Cante
USC Cinema-Television
 
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