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'The Art of Confession' Ties Together Threads of Performance

Scholar Christopher Grobe crafts a series of individually satisfying case studies, then shows the strong threads between confessional poetry, performance art, and reality television, with stops along the way.

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'Ice Cold Gold': American Dreams in Greenland

In these globalized times, the American Dream isn't always fulfilled in America. Ice Cold Gold, premiering 21 April, takes eight workers to Storø, Greenland.

Asia Gruber
Television

Joke's on Us: Reality TV Always Gets the Last Laugh

The "rich" and "famous" are NOT like us... at least not on TV. Reality 'stars': Whether we love them or loathe them, if we watch them, they win.

Cary O'Dell
Television

Have a Drink with 'Bar Rescue's' Jon Taffer

Jon Taffer speaks to PopMatters about his strategies, favorite moments from this first season of Bar Rescue, and more. He even tossed in a bartending tip for good measure.

Steve Stav
Games

'Drag Race': Games, Competition and the Failure Gambit

What can reality television teach us about self-sabotage in gameplay?

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Why I'm Not Watching Jersey Shore (Anymore)

The predictability of the cast is their Achilles' heel. Ronnie and Sammi’s weekly dysfunctional hour of make-up/break-up is as expected as Snooki’s alcohol soaked antics and the Situation’s Sunday dinner of sausage and peppers.

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Reality TV by Susan Murray, Laurie Ouellette

Those who fail to meet the American dream or moral code, whether it’s remodeling the house, winning the contest, or getting the man, are authors of their own demise.

Siobhan Welch
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Pedro: The Movie

Pedro recalls a moment in reality TV when the genre had real political edge.

Todd R. Ramlow
Television

Survivor: Tocantins: The Brazilian Highlands

In the first episode of Survivor: Tocantins, we learned that temperatures in the Brazilian Highlands are often in excess of 120 degrees.

Sarah Hentges
Television

50 Cent: The Money and the Power

Alternately disconcerting and trainwreck-fascinating, 50 Cent's entry into reality programming is a mix of The Apprentice and ego trip's The (White) Rapper Show.

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Feldog Revisited: An Interview with Corey Feldman

Feldman talks to PopMatters about the good, the bad, and the ugly of reality TV.

Adam Besenyodi
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