Secondary Source: New Directions in Hybrid Popular Television: A Reassessment of Television Mock-Documentary

Must, Jelle. “New Directions in Hybrid Popular Television: a Reassessment of Television  Mock-Documentary.” Media, Culture & Society 31.2 (2009): 232-243. ProQuest. Web. 4 November 2015.

The secondary source that I find most compelling is entitled “New Directions in Hybrid Popular Television: A Reassessment of Television Mock-Documentary.” Though I found and plan to use many sources that directly allude to the Blair Witch film, this source stuck out to me because it was less obvious. I found this article through ProQuest on the library website. For a while I was just searching obvious terms such as “Blair Witch,” “documentary,” “movie review.” Soon I realized that I could be more specific and conceptual. I searched for reality as one parameter and documentary as the other and found the perfect article for my research paper. The article I found discusses the recent trend of the mock- documentary or “mockumentary.” It delves into the ideologies and concepts of how audience is influenced by this new genre. Though I knew I wanted to talk about the nuances of reality versus perception I didn’t know how I was going to argue the idea. This article not only reaffirmed my concept but also helped me grasp it better. The author, Jelle Mast explores the psychological theories of mockumentaries where the line is blurred between perception and non-fiction. In the article Mast theorizes that by “drawing on the expectations of a ‘knowing’ audience (that is familiar with these codes and their truth claims), the programme-makers attempt to enhance the reality credentials of the series [or film]”(Mast, 240).

 

 

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1 Response to Secondary Source: New Directions in Hybrid Popular Television: A Reassessment of Television Mock-Documentary

  1. Lindsey Grubbs says:

    Great source! And the citation looks good. Looking forward to your paper.

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