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Who needs democracy if we can pick our favorite girl?: Super Girl as media spectacle

Meng, Bingchun (2009) Who needs democracy if we can pick our favorite girl?: Super Girl as media spectacle. Chinese Journal of Communication, 2 (3). pp. 257-272. ISSN 1754-4750

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Identification Number: 10.1080/17544750903208996


This article examines the 2005 Super Girl phenomenon in China through the lens of media spectacle. I first review some general debate on reality TV and introduce the perspective of media spectacle for analyzing the specific Super Girl case in the Chinese context. I then look at strategies employed for making Super Girl into a media spectacle and how the spectacle mediates between the state, the market, media institutions, and spectators. The production, participation, and interpretation of this spectacle worked together to maintain a series of myths, which reinforce and naturalize the existing power structure rather than challenging the status quo.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2011 10:24
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 00:58

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