Improving reality. An analysis of Spanish makeover reality television
Keywords: 
Reality TV
Makeover reality shows
Discipline
Narrative semiotics
Narrative form
Audiovisual style
Issue Date: 
2012
Publisher: 
Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Navarra
ISSN: 
2174-0895
Citation: 
OLIVA ROTA, M.., ""Improving reality. An analysis of Spanish makeover reality television"" en:Comunicación y Sociedad, vol. XXV, n. 1, 2012, pp.189-216.
Abstract
The main aim of this paper is to identify the values conveyed by Spanish makeover reality television. There are two aspects that make these programmes relevant study objects: first, their widespread presence in Spanish television schedules, and second, the role they play in constructing the social imaginary due to their didactic and prescriptive nature. We analysed six Spanish makeover reality shows, Cambio Radical, Desnudas, Esta casa era una ruina, Supernanny, Hermano Mayor and Ajuste de Cuentas, using a methodology that combines narrative semiotics and the analysis of narrative form (plot/syhuzet) and audiovisual style. This paper summarises the main research results and conclusions of a doctoral thesis presented in September 2010.

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