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2004 - International Communication Association Pages: 18 pages || Words: 7133 words || 
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1. Hill, Annette. "Watching Big Brother" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, New Orleans Sheraton, New Orleans, LA, May 27, 2004 Online <.PDF>. 2019-08-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p112441_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This article is about the experience of watching Big Brother (UK, 2000). The way audiences watch and talk about this reality gameshow is significant to our understanding of the success of the series, and also its role in the development of popular factual television. Many people watched Big Brother because their friends and family were talking about it, and many people continued to watch Big Brother in order to have something to talk about with their friends and family. What people talked about is the focus of this article. In particular, I examine the topic of performance in relation to audience discussion of the series. Many viewers are critical of the ‘performances’ of ordinary people in the Big Brother house, and such criticism leads to debate about the truth claims of this reality gameshow. The audience data I refer to is taken from an audience research project on television audiences and factual entertainment. The main methods used were a quantitative survey, semi-structured focus groups and in depth interviews, and the data was collected during a particular period in the development of the genre of popular factual television (2000-2001). Overall I argue that when audiences watch Big Brother they are not only watching it for entertainment, but they are also engaged in critical viewing of the attitudes and behaviour of ordinary people, and the ideas and practices of the producers of Big Brother.

2010 - International Communication Association Pages: unavailable || Words: 9180 words || 
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2. Sobieraj, Sabrina., Krämer, Nicole. and Manstead, Antony. "Big Brother Is Watching You" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Suntec City, Singapore, Jun 21, 2010 Online <PDF>. 2019-08-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p405013_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Social presence can facilitate (e.g. Fridlund, 1991) or inhibit (e.g. Wagner & Smith, 1991) nonverbal behavior, depending on the relationship between the present persons. Nonverbal behavior will be facilitated among friends while presence of a stranger will inhibit nonverbal behavior (e.g. Wagner& Lee, 1999 ). In a 2x2 between subjects design, we varied the sociality of the setting (alone or presence of a stranger) and the visibility of the camera (visible or concealed). All Participants (N=89) watched 18 different IAPS pictures chosen to elicit different feelings. Feelings were measured by the PANAS Scale. While nonverbal behavior was recorded, categorized and analyzed in duration and frequency. Results showed that emotions do largely not differ between the conditions, but nonverbal behavior is significantly inhibited by the visibility of the camera and the present stranger. We thus conclude that a visible camera has the same inhibition effect as has the stranger.

2017 - AEJMC Pages: unavailable || Words: 6688 words || 
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3. Zhang, Weiwu. and Holland, Derrick. "“Big Brother is Watching You!”" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AEJMC, Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile, Chicago, IL, Aug 09, 2017 Online <PDF>. 2019-08-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p1282877_index.html>
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Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Using data from a 2013 national survey of American adults (N = 1,801) from the Pew Research Center, this study examines the spiral of silence effect in the social media and offline settings during the Edward Snowden-NSA saga. Results indicate that Facebook and Twitter users were more willing to voice their opinions about the Snowden-NSA issue in social media and offline settings if they perceive their social media networks agree with them.

2012 - International Communication Association Pages: unavailable || Words: 8498 words || 
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4. Sen, Biswarup. "Big Brother is Being Watched: Reality Television as Global Form" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton Phoenix Downtown, Phoenix, AZ, May 24, 2012 Online <PDF>. 2019-08-18 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p552146_index.html>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This paper looks at Bigg Boss (the Indian version of Big Brother) in order to shed light on the complicated relationship between the forces of globalization, national and local cultural formations and the dictates of commercially driven entertainment. In the first section of the paper I analyze format television to argue that its aesthetic features as well as its mode of production and distribution grant a global dimension to this mode of televisual entertainment. I then analyze the two main theoretical approaches to the phenomenon of global culture – cultural imperialism and cultural globalization - and construct readings of Bigg Boss from each of these rival perspectives. I argue that neither of these approaches succeed in exhausting the meaning of the show, and in conclusion I point to an alternative way to conceive of the relationship between reality television and global form.


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