Graduation Year

2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

M.A.

Degree Granting Department

Sociology

Major Professor

Donileen R. Loseke

Keywords

Audience Reception, Culture, Femininity, Message Board, Moral Boundaries

Abstract

Reality shows that feature people going about their presumed daily lives are not base entertainment. Internet message boards about reality programs are sites where moral work happens. Viewers write about the appearance and actions of show characters and construct moral lessons. Through naturally occurring data produced by fans of these shows, I find that viewers generally express a traditional heteronormative morality around class and gender through stating moral lessons, explaining what is wrong with the characters, or through ridicule and praise.

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