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Digital Participatory Culture and the TV Audience

Everyone’s a Critic

Authors: Falero, Sandra M.

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In this study, Falero explores how online communities of participatory audiences have helped to re-define authorship and audience in the digital age. Using over a decade of ethnographic research, Digital Participatory Culture and the TV Audience explores the rise and fall of a site that some heralded as ground zero for the democratization of television criticism. 
Television Without Pity was a web community devoted to criticizing television programs. Their mission was to hold television networks and writers accountable by critiquing their work and “not just passively sitting around watching.” When executive producer Aaron Sorkin entered Television Without Pity’s message boards on The West Wing in late 2001, he was surprised to find the discussion populated by critics rather than fans. His anger over the criticism he found there wound up becoming a storyline in a subsequent episode of The West Wing wherein web critics were described as “obese shut-ins who lounge around in muumuus and chain-smoke Parliaments.” This book examines the culture at Television Without Pity and will appeal to students and researchers interested in audiences, digital culture and television studies.

About the authors

Sandra M. Falero is an adjunct instructor at California State University, Fullerton in the American Studies Department. She teaches courses on television, popular culture, and women in American society.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

  • “Meet Market”: The Attraction of a Place Without Pity

    Falero, Sandra M.

    Pages 1-27

  • “The Industry”: A Brief History of Audiences In and Out of Control

    Falero, Sandra M.

    Pages 29-52

  • “Give Pete a Line”: Participatory Television and the TWoP Community

    Falero, Sandra M.

    Pages 53-76

  • “Sorkin Situations”: The Television Auteur Meets the Digital Age

    Falero, Sandra M.

    Pages 77-100

  • “Shows You Hate (But Watch Anyway)”: The Dark Side of Online Criticism

    Falero, Sandra M.

    Pages 101-123

Buy this book

eBook $74.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-50000-7
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $95.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-1-137-49999-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Digital Participatory Culture and the TV Audience
Book Subtitle
Everyone’s a Critic
Authors
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-50000-7
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-50000-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-49999-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 191
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 3 illustrations in colour
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