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"Below The Yellow Line": Competitor Discourse on NBC's "The Biggest Losrer"

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There has been much debate over the verisimilitude of the reality TV genre, however the answer is clear and unambiguous: reality TV is the most “real” form of television there is. The participants are often “real” (i.e. non-celebrities) as well as the environment, dialogue, interactions and attitudes presented on the show. The questioning of the reality TV genre is an issue of post-production “reality”. On the time line of television entertainment the reality genre still qualifies as new, and consequently, presents a variety of ways in which it may be examined. This paper is unique in the sense that it will be an investigation into what has so far been ignored in both body image and reality TV scholarship: participant’s ideas about body image/weight loss in the media constructed, competitive “reality” of TV. Therefore, a substantive discussion can be had when evaluating of a particularly unique artifact: NBC’s competitive weight-loss show, "The Biggest Loser". In doing so, this paper utilizes the most robust method of evaluation, especially when looking at contestant attitudes, conceptualizations and responses to body image/weight issues, is a critical discourse analysis of their rhetoric.

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Dunning, Eric., Alsip, Mary Katherine. and Bissell, Kim. ""Below The Yellow Line": Competitor Discourse on NBC's "The Biggest Losrer"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel, St. Louis, MO, Aug 10, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p520086_index.html>

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Dunning, E. , Alsip, M. and Bissell, K. , 2011-08-10 ""Below The Yellow Line": Competitor Discourse on NBC's "The Biggest Losrer"" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Renaissance Grand & Suites Hotel, St. Louis, MO Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p520086_index.html

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Abstract: There has been much debate over the verisimilitude of the reality TV genre, however the answer is clear and unambiguous: reality TV is the most “real” form of television there is. The participants are often “real” (i.e. non-celebrities) as well as the environment, dialogue, interactions and attitudes presented on the show. The questioning of the reality TV genre is an issue of post-production “reality”. On the time line of television entertainment the reality genre still qualifies as new, and consequently, presents a variety of ways in which it may be examined. This paper is unique in the sense that it will be an investigation into what has so far been ignored in both body image and reality TV scholarship: participant’s ideas about body image/weight loss in the media constructed, competitive “reality” of TV. Therefore, a substantive discussion can be had when evaluating of a particularly unique artifact: NBC’s competitive weight-loss show, "The Biggest Loser". In doing so, this paper utilizes the most robust method of evaluation, especially when looking at contestant attitudes, conceptualizations and responses to body image/weight issues, is a critical discourse analysis of their rhetoric.


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